WATCH THE GINOSAR SCANDAL GO AWAY
by Barry Chamish
On December 4, Maariv broke the biggest scandal in years in the biggest way in years. On Thursday, there was a massive front page promo for the Ginosar revelations about to appear in the weekend edition. On Friday, the big newspaper day in Israel, it was front page all over again in Maariv, followed by four more pages of expose and commentary.
Wouldst that Rabin's real murder had received only 1% of the coverage.
And with all this razzmatazz in the country's second largest circulation newspaper, my readers were very excited. This was the scandal that would lead to the Rabin assassination and Oslo. Here's a pretty typical example of the hopes this scandal was engendering:
Barry, I think this might be it. If this scandal really breaks and the public demands justice... then you can ride the wave of all the economic corruption in the Oslo deal including Peres, Gillon and Rubin's foreign accounts! Follow the money. It should all lead to the assassination of Rabin.
If Ginosar was financially vested in the Oslo windfall, along with his business partner Yasir...
What would happen if Rabin threatened to pull the plug? Yasir would lose a lot of money in his personal bank accounts... which were controlled and skimmed by Ginosar. Couldn't Yasir have told his buddy Yosi and his mentor Shimon to get rid of Yitzhak or else he would blow their cover? Didn't Yasir and doesn't he still have information so damaging to Ginosar and Peres to motivate them to commit the crime? Why look to the Europeans and CFR?
Shimon and Yosi could easily solve their woes with their history of shenanigans and their contacts within the Shabak.
What about opening up a class action civil suit to sue Ginosar on behalf of the taxpayers of Israel. If it's not done in civil court, but in criminal court, Peres will make sure Ginosar is the lone patsy.
Why is Maariv breaking this story?
Dear reader, it's just not going to happen that way. The government is going to bury the story and has already started. Did you notice that at both the Likud and Labor primary conventions, not one candidate mentioned Ginosar? Have you seen how TV coverage of the scandal is becoming nearly
non-existant? Here is the test of Israel's political and media honest: if Yossi Ginosar becomes Avishai Raviv, we have double proof of the depths of corruption within the Knesset, Courts and Media.
For those unacquainted, here's the Ginosar Scandal. Yossi Ginosar was deputy head of the General Security Services (Shabak) until 1986 when it was discovered that he lied to a government commission of inquiry into the early killings of two terrorists in what is known as the Bus 300 Scandal.
It should really be called The President Herzog Is A Crook Scandal because the then-Israeli president, Chaim Herzog pardoned Ginosar from his perjury crimes, (there was another one involving the false imprisonment of an IDF officer, Izat Nafsu for espionage), thus tainting the Herzog name forever.
But did Ginosar's double-perjury to the IDF and government disqualify him from public service? Not at all. After being sacked by the Shabak, then-Trade Minister Ariel Sharon, appointed Ginosar to head the Israel Export Institute. When his tenure there ended in 1992, then-Housing Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer appointed him head of the public housing corporation, Amidar.
1993 was a turning point. Yitzhak Rabin was forced by President Bush at a meeting in Kenebunkport Maine, on September 17, 1992 to begin what became known as the Oslo process. By the next year, the "peace" process was rolling in high gear and Rabin appointed Ginosar his special envoy to the PLO.
Now why did Rabin choose such a slimeball for this sensitive post?
Maariv provides an answer; "Ginosar threatened Rabin that if he didn't have his way, he'd spill the beans about everything. As a result, Rabin's daughter Dahlia would have nothing to do with him."
It's a fair bet that Ginosar received Herzog's pardon and Sharon and Ben Eliezer's cushy jobs because he threatened them the same way. If you were once deputy head of the internal security services, it's not surprising what information you'd pick up along the way. Whatever Ginosar
knew, it was strong enough to risk extortion charges against one president, one serving and one future prime minister, and one future head of the opposition. And more kingpins were to follow, but for slighty different motivations. The carrot would replace the stick.
That is because Ginosar exploited his position as the emissary to the PLO to create a crime empire with Yasir Arafat. Perhaps the first offer was to arrange to have a casino built in Jericho, with everyone scraping away lots of the profits. But it didn't take long for Ginosar to expand his and
Arafat's holdings. He offered to open up a secret Swiss bank account for Arafat and lots of straw companies to launder the funds through. Ginosar hired General Ehud Barak's paymaster Ozrad Lev to arrange the banking formalities and Arafat summoned his paymaster, Muhamed Rashid to work hand in hand with Lev. Eventually some $350 million of monies stolen from Arafat's people entered the account. Some of the money was invested in Israeli companies contracted to the PA in return for kickbacks, some went to offshore corporations which existed only to launder Arafat's stolen cash. But all the money came from either international aid or Israel tax rebates to the PA.
Last August, Rashid emptied the account and no one has any idea where the $65 million he removed is today. This particular scam ended for Ginosar and he was at least $10 million richer for it, according to Rashid.
However, Ginosar's downfall lay in wait. Ozrad Lev now had the time to consider what he had done. While much of the money went to buying new villas for Arafat and his cronies and other such expenses, at least some of the money might have been used to finance terrorism.
Ozrad used the word "might," we will say "did." Ginosar and Lev were financing the mass murder of their countrymen and endangering the viability of the state.
And a week after the facts came out, the attorney-general and police are debating whether there is any basis for opening a criminal investigation against Ginosar and Lev and the media is slowly killing the issue.
And here are two reasons why: Barak and Peres. Of Barak, he was so fond of Ginossar that he wanted him to be a representative at the Camp David "Peace" Talks under the "honest" tutelage of William Clinton.
But attorney-general Elyakim Rubinstein, the same one we're stuck with today, forbade Barak appointing him a member of his delegation because Ginosar refused to sign a declaration detailing his business ties with the PLO. So, now get this, it's rich, Barak persuaded Clinton to invite Ginosar
to be a member of HIS delegation. And Clinton agreed. Ginosar now sat in the inner corridors of Camp David as a member of the American team. No kidding, this really happened.
And what was Barak's pretext for excusing Ginosar? He claims that Mossad chief Danny Yatom told him Rubinstein was wrong. According to a 1996 article in the London Observor, PM Netanyahu appointed Yatom head of the Mossad in return for his silence about the true Rabin murder.
Let's ignore Barak's flimsy excuse and start asking real questions. So here we have, negotiating away Israel's security, both Arafat and his business partner Ginosar. Why would Barak really agree to this arrangement when Rubinstein informed him precisely what the problem was? Maariv provides us with two hints.
Just after Barak was elected, Lev and Ginosar drove to Ramallah to meet the PLO leaders, probably all getting a cut of the action by now. Ginosar told Lev, "You were Barak's paymaster. They want to know everything about him from you and they'll pay you well for the information." Lev
claims he rejected Ginosar's proposal with disgust.
But what do we make of this insight from Maariv? A few months later Ginosar phoned Lev and said, "I just had a meeting with Barak. He's completely nuts, you know."
Though nuts, Barak likes to earn money through fraud and extortion.
The second biggest recent scandal, after the Rabin murder, that the government has managed to squelch, is Barak's illegal campaign funds. His cronies collected many millions of dollars from unwary foreign donors, assuring them that the money was not going to be used to defeat Netanyahu
but to defeat poverty and ignorance. Naturally it all ended up in Barak's back pocket.
And why is Barak so reluctant to answer congressional questions about how he persuaded Clinton to pardon Marc Rich? The answer is the same one as why Barak appointed Ginosar to Camp David: he was getting a cut of Ginosar and Arafat's action. Why else?
And now we go back to 1995. Rabin is dead and Peres takes over as prime minister. It doesn't take very long before he appoints Ginosar his special envoy to the "Palestinian" rulers. As my astute reader pointed out at the beginning of this explanation, Rabin wanted out of Oslo and that would have been very costly for Ginosar. Was he in on the Peres assassination team? If he isn't investigated, we'll never know.
Peres got a cut of Ginosar's deals and we know that because Peres, through the Peres Center For Peace, owns a 1.3% share of Arafat's telephone company, Paltel. The Bin Laden family of Saudi Arabia owns the lion's share. This was another revelation made initially by Maariv, some two years
Now look at the list of directors of the Peres Peace Center. What do you know, Yossi Ginosar is on Peres' board.
No, my hopeful readers, this scandal will be buried because it will take down Peres and Barak for starters and then spread throughout the Israeli and "Palestinian" leadership, finally exposing the Oslo "Peace" Process as model of statesmanship by graft and embezzlement.
Barry Chamish, an investigative reporter whose articles are widely read on the internet, lives in Israel. He is the author of THE LAST DAYS OF ISRAEL, which delivers the full story of the Rabin assassination. It is available through www.GoOff.com.
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