- In the previous expose of the murder of Wayne Owens,
we surmised that Owens was poisoned at dinner and died a couple of hours
later on a Tel Aviv Beach. All we needed was to find out who Owens' dinner
guest was and we have; the man Haaretz's Akiva Elder constantly refers
to as "an Oslo architect," Avi Gil. As we shall soon see he had
the means and the motive.
- But first, a summary: On Dec 11, the wide circulation
newspaper Maariv broke "the Ginosar scandal." Yossi Ginossar
was, until 1987, deputy head of the General Security Services (Shabak).
He was forced to resign because of two perjury scandals but somehow became
the personal emissary to the PLO for Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres and Barak.
- Using his position, Ginosar opened a secret Swiss account
to hide some $350 million that Yasir Arafat had stolen from his people.
Ginosar appointed Ozrad Lev to take care of the banking and Arafat appointed
Muhamed Rashid to oversee the account with Lev. It was Lev who broke the
story to Maariv.
- Meanwhile Ginosar opened a variety of phoney and barely
legitimate straw companies to launder Arafat's embezzlements. He appointed
an American academic, Prof. Stephen Cohen to head some of these companies,
adding a bit more legitimacy to the enterprises, and Cohen was paid well
for his services.
- The scandal was destined to implicate Peres, Barak and
Pres. Clinton in massive payoffs and kickbacks but Peres was the most vulnerable
since Ginosar and Cohen are both members of the board of the Peres Center
For Peace which had invested deeply in Arafat and Ginosar's corporations.
And if Peres went down, so would Daniel Abraham, a member of his board,
and like Stephen Cohen, a business partner of Wayne Owens' own Middle East
- Finally, to the uninitiated, most Israelis do not believe
their government's version of the Rabin assassination. Here are the results
of a poll undertaken this week by Arutz Sheva. Admittedly, the majority
of respondents were right wing but still:
- Israel National News.com 24-12-02
- Do you feel that there are serious unanswered questions
regarding the Rabin assassination?
- Yes 78.69 % (2068) No 21.31 % (560) Total Votes: 2628
- Then, if so many Israelis disbelieve the government's
version of Rabin's murder, what version do they accept? As a result of
a great deal of evidence gathering, the other version of Rabin's demise
has Shimon Peres and then-Shabak chief Carmi Gillon plotting it. I certainly
subscribe to this version as accurate and proven.
- Now, on to Avi Gil...
- Death Of A Peace Negotiator
- By Akiva Eldar Ha'aretz Daily
- Wayne Owens died suddenly last week on the beach in Tel
Aviv, one of the places most beloved by the former U.S. congressman from
Utah. Eleven years ago, in early summer, Owens arrived in Jerusalem straight
from Damascus on board a plane owned by his friend, businessman and philanthropist
- Few know that Owens brought the tidings of the peace
process that began at Madrid, continued in Oslo, and reached where it has
reached. Owens and his partner Steve Cohen invited me, at the time, to
the King David Hotel in Jerusalem to tell me that then-Syrian president
Hafez Assad had decided to accept U.S. President George Bush's invitation
to an international peace conference. Syria's participation was one of
the preconditions set at the time by then-premier Yitzhak Shamir for Israel's
participation in what would become the Madrid Conference.
- Owens never gave up pressing Arab leaders. The doors
to the offices of Jordan's King Hussein, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak,
and the Saudi Arabian crown prince were open to him, and Israeli leaders
regarded him as an emissary of goodwill. Last week, he came to Israel with
two Democratic Party congressmen. They told Sharon and Peres about their
meetings with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Gulf state leaders.
- Avi Gil, until recently the director general of the Foreign
Ministry, met Owens at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv a few hours before
Owens' body was found on the beach. Gil said Owens spoke about ways the
peace process could be pulled out of the quagmire. He said Owens believed
the Israelis and Palestinians would have to find their own way to a solution
to the conflict. Gil said he hopes that more people of goodwill, like Owens,
will be found, ready to devote their lives to shorten that route to peace
and help end the suffering.
- So, who is Avi Gil, who shared Owens' Last Supper? Here
is his bio as compiled by the government.
- Ambassador Avi Gil served as the Director-General of
Israel's Ministry of Foreign Afairs April 2001 until November 2002. Prior
to this appointment, Mr. Gil served as the Director-General of Israel's
Ministry of Regional Cooperation.
- A longtime confidant of Israel's Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Nobel Prize Laureate Mr. Shimon Peres, Ambassador Gil held a number
of key governmental positions during the last 13 years. From 1996 to 1999,
Mr. Gil held the position of Deputy Director-General of the Peres Center
for Peace. Mr. Gil also served as the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff,
Media Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Finance,
and Executive Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- In his years with Mr. Peres, Ambassador Gil was closely
involved in Israel's policy-making and peace efforts, including the negotiations
that led to the Oslo Accords and the peace treaty with Jordan.
- Note that Gil was Carmi Gillon's deputy at the Peres
Peace Center when Gillon was director of the center from 1996-99. That
he was working for two of the plotters of the Rabin murder, Peres and Gillon,
is probably significant but so far we haven't found direct links to the
Ginosar scandal. We will, but first let's establish ties to another financial
crime. Last March, Yoav Yitzhak of Maariv and David Bedein of Makor Rishon
revealed that Peres had given his Norwegian pal Terje Roed-Larsen $100,000
to persuade his buddies on the Nobel Prize committee to award him a peace
prize along with Rabin and Arafat.
- Thus after the cabinet voted in December not to permit
Arafat to attend Christmas ceremonies in Bethlehem, Foreign Ministry Director-General
Avi Gil ordered Israeli diplomatic missions not to defend the decision.
A month later, Gil declared that the Foreign Ministry finds it "increasingly
difficult to defend government policy," including its insistence of
seven days of quiet prior to negotiations and its classification of the
Palestinian Authority as a terrorist organization. The Foreign Ministry
didn't, and Israel was effectively left without any defense in the international
- Some will attribute the Foreign Minister's independent
foreign policy to financial conflicts of interest. Lending credence to
such claims was his impassioned defense of Terje Roed-Larsen, after the
latter proclaimed that Israel had lost "all moral standing" as
a result of its actions in Jenin. Larsen and his wife, the Norwegian ambassador
to Israel, were recipients of a $100,000 undeclared prize from the Peres
Center. Not coincidentally, one suspects, the Peres Center, which exists
primarily to pay large salaries to old Oslo hands, like Ron Pundak and
Uri Savir, was itself the beneficiary of a $1,000,000 gift from Norway.
Yes, the same Norway that refused this week to allow the import of Israeli
- Needless to say, Gil's treasonous behaviour did not go
- 5. Promptly fire anybody in the Shimon Peres-Avi Gil
Foreign Ministry that can't or won't bring himself to vigorously defend
Israel's tough anti-terror and proud foreign policy line. Especially bureaucrats
who leak nasty gossip about Netanyahu. The people paid to be our diplomats,
especially abroad, and the academics sent abroad on speaking tours by the
ministry, should hew to the government hasbara line, or pack it in. From
experience, I know that there is significant house-cleaning to be done.
- Only six months ago the world was still prepared to accept
his declarations and promises, despite the terrorist campaign he initiated
15 months ago. The American administration and even some of the EU leaders
now know that Arafat is a pathological liar. The process of delegitimizing
Arafat, who succeeded in persuading the world that he was a real partner
for peace for Israel, is now bearing fruit.
- It seems that only in Israel does Arafat still have uncritical
supporters, led of course by Foreign Minister Peres and his director-general,
Avi Gil. If the more than 1,000 Israeli and Palestinian fatalities and
the thousands of injured on both sides have not succeeded in convincing
this pair, as well as the politically blind Yossi Sarid and Yossi Beilin,
that Arafat by any standards is a war criminal, nothing will convince them.
- Peres, and his ministry director, General Avi Gil, have
held talks with the speaker of the P.A. legislative council, Abu Ala, and
Mohammed Rashid - Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's top financial
advisor - as well as Mohammed Dahlan, the head of Preventive Security in
Gaza, about the proposal.
- Despite his oft-repeated pledge not to conduct negotiations
under fire, Sharon has been aware of contacts between Peres and senior
Palestinian officials with whom the foreign minister has been hatching
- And now we have it, Gil dealt directly with Arafat's
embezzlement director Muhamed Rashid. Yes, Virginia, Gil was in on the
payoffs. And so was Mohammed Dahlan, who was handed over exclusive rights
to Israeli industrial monopolies in the PA by Arafat. It's not a big step
to understand that the meetings just described included Gil's organizing
of the monopolies.
- The next site wouldn't open. So we can only contemplate
the significance of Peres and Gil meeting Rashid in Rome.
- - ... Peres met in Rome over the weekend with Mohammed
Rashid, the top financial adviser to Arafat, and sent Avi Gil, his director
general at the Foreign Ministry ...
- Wayne Owens was a member of the board of the Peres Peace
Center and worked hand in hand with Peres, Cohen and Abraham...and Gil.
When the Ginosar scandal broke, he knew these ties would ruin him forever
and would likely send him off to the big house to his dying days. Had he
had any decency in him he would have threatened to tell all he knew about
the Peres Peace Center.
- It seems he was on his way to doing the decent thing
when someone poisoned his dinner. Avi Gil was his dinner companion two
hours before his death. Owens' parting saved Gil the humiliation of being
exposed as an active partner of the Peres/Arafat Oslo peace extortion,
graft, embezzlement and murder scams.
- For now. _____
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