The Cabinet decided on Wednesday to commission a State
Investigation Committee to examine the assassination of Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israel Radio, KOL YISRAEL, reported.
  The committee will be charged to assess the security and
intelligence preparations regarding the protection of dignitaries
in general, and regarding the protection of government officials
at last Saturday evening's peace rally.
  The committee will not investigate the political atmosphere
that led to the murder in order to prevent it from taking on a
political dimension. The committee will also investigate the
intelligence surveillance of right-wing extremist groups.
  Justice Minister David Libai has already asked Supreme Court
President Aharon Barak to appoint members to the committee.
  DAVAR RISHON reported that on Wednesday, the General Security
Service submitted to the government its internal investigation of
the security breakdowns involving the assassination of Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
  The committee placed responsibility for the security failure on
the GSS' dignitary protection division, the head of the
Operations Branch and the chief security officer at the event.
  KOL YISRAEL reported that the head of the dignitary protection
division resigned from his position. The head of the Operations
Branch and the chief officer at the event were suspended.
  According to the GSS investigation, planning and operational
failures created security gaps, allowing the assassin to attain
close access to the Prime Minister.
  The committee concluded that the bodyguard who jumped on the
assassin exercised correct judgement in not firing at him.  It
also commended the performance of the bodyguard who was injured
in the incident.


  The General Security Service believes that Yigal Amir, the man
who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, did not plan the
murder on his own, HA'ARETZ reported.
  The police are also investigating the possibility that before
the murder, Amir received a "religious permit" from rabbis.
  Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun of Ofra said that following the seven days
of mourning, he will reveal the names of the rabbis who permitted
the spilling of the blood of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israel Radio, KOL
YISRAEL, reported.
  Bin Nun said he would fight the rabbis even if it meant paying
with his life.
  Meanwhile, police and the GSS continue to question Amir.
Authorities searched a warehouse at the Amir residence in
Herzliya that was converted by Hagai Amir, Yigal's brother, into
a mini-weapon factory.
  The GSS arrested on Wednesday Avishai Raviv, the chairman of
the right-wing extremist group Eyal, DAVAR RISHON reported.
  According to information  obtained by the investigators, the
assassin was in contact with Raviv, who provided him with a moral
justification for the act.
  YEDIOT AHARONOT reported that Attorney General Michael Ben Yair
ordered on Wednesday the investigation of extremist right-wing
speakers who expressed joy over the assassination of the Prime