Jerusalem, 4 November 2001

ISA Internal report on Ze’evy assassination completed
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The internal Israel Security Agency (ISA) committee appointed by ISA Director Avi Dichter following the October 17, 2001 assassination of Minister Rechavam Ze’evy finished its work on Friday, November 2, 2001.

ISA Director Dichter presented copies of the report to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK David Magen (in his capacity as chairman of the sub-committee on the secret services).

ISA Director Dichter also met with the late Minister Ze’evy’s widow and children and briefed them on the main points of the report.

The report emphasizes, and comments on, the legislative and normative gap existing in regard to cases in which someone who is to be guarded refuses to cooperate with security officials.

The report determines that there was no prior report or information regarding an especially concrete threat to Minister Ze’evy’s life. The inquiry committee concluded that given the limitations of resources vis-a-vis the scope and strength of the threats which the ISA must deal with, the intelligence work carried out by the relevant units was focused and correct.