by the Foreign Ministers Bureau)
are Foreign Minister Shimon Peress remarks to the Knesset
yesterday, on the appointment of Carmi Gillon as Israels Ambassador
Security Service (GSS) in Israel is more a defense organ
than a secret police. GSS officials are soldiers who are not in
uniform, for it is their task to defend the country against terror
organizations not in uniform.
A blind eye
cannot be turned on the cruelty of terror. It claims many
mostly innocent victims, including children and women. The
of terror and the fight against terror is neither simple nor easy.
better understand this, it is necessary to cast a look on the new
of terrorist activities:
Terror by suicide
bombers: So-called men of God recruit naive youths and
brainwash them into believing that their suicide would not constitute
their death, but would be their entrance ticket to the Garden of
where they can look forward to a new and great future. The clerics
themselves, naturally, do not wear explosive devices on their person
do the suicide bombers. They are left behind to bear
life on this
youngsters who gave in to the temptation of serving as
walking bombs, engenders grim pity. All monotheistic religions forbid
acts of self-destruction, and certainly suicide with the object
killing others at random. However, in this instance, they are falsely
designated as a martyr.
The whole of
the civilized world should have cried out against infamous
murders such as these, the product of distorted brainwashing. It
easy to fight human bombs, young people persuaded their death is
end of their lives, and prepared to blow themselves up at any moment,
even in the face of the arm of the law that tries to prevent mass
It is only at
the point of departure, before they embark on their
assignment, that the murder can be prevented. The GSS saved many
very often at the personal risk of its people, when they succeeded
preventing suicide bombers from blowing themselves up in front of
schools, youth clubs and shopping centers packed with crowds.
The GSS does
not determine its constitutional status or its legal
standing. This is determined by the Knesset and the judicial
institutions. This also applies to the head of the GSS. Just as
military commanders have no legislative authority regarding the
neither does the head of the GSS regarding the GSS: he discharges
according to the law, without having legislative authority. The
appointed to this post is chosen for his integrity, reliability,
of judgement and courage, for the GSS operates in complex situations
at times across the border, which is why it is vital that the state
able to rely on his personal image and distinctive qualities.
For this reason
Carmi Gillon was appointed to the position of head of
the GSS. He is considered to be a man of great integrity, extremely
honest, and surprisingly in the eyes of some, is a person favourably
inclined towards our Arab neighbours. A man who was, and still is,
real proponent of peace.
Denmark is a
fine country in my eyes. We have enjoyed good relations
for a long period of time. I would therefore like to address our
friends in Denmark, and not only them, and ask them, whether they
of some other way to fight terror? Whether it is possible to turn
blind eye on the extensive damage that terror inflicts on peace?
all, a just solution would have been found a long time ago, including
territorial solution, to end the conflict between us and the
Palestinians, were it not for the violence and terror.
issue in the fight against terror became a controversial
subject among us. The question of moderate physical pressure
case of a ticking bomb about to explode at any moment.
aspect of the issue was dealt with in stages: at the first stage,
decided that GSS methods of interrogation had to be transparent.
second stage, it was decided to completely abolish the use of torture
Many in Denmark
will be surprised to learn that it was Carmi Gillon, the
head of the GSS, who was the very one who proposed transparency
methods of interrogation. And it was he that supported the notion
abolishing torture altogether. And it is also possible that many
astonished to hear that Carmi Gillon is a notable champion of peace
is viewed as such among many of the Palestinian security officials.
an ambassador to Denmark a man who is thoroughly familiar
with the terrible dilemmas sometimes posed by matters of national
security, and who has not lost his faith in peace, as the best option
for making peace between the peoples, and bringing it to each people
One should abstain
from placing blame without cause, and refrain from
creating images that have no foundation. Carmi Gillon has the capacity
to prove that the bitter truth is not necessarily in contradiction
moral values and norms.
I am confident
he will prove to be an excellent ambassador between two peoples,
one of which is in the throes of deep distress, and the two, as
one, seek peace.