Was Shin Bet Deterred by a Murderer?

Israel's security service recommended that Ze'ev Eckstein – who shot Israel Kastner in a murder that rocked Israel more than 60 years ago – be released just six years into his life sentence. Did threats by Eckstein play a role? Newly declassified documents offer more questions than answers

Ofer Aderet
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“After in-depth consideration of all the arguments … it seems to us that there is room to recommend to the president to reduce the punishments of the three convicts.” Thus the Shin Bet security service summarized its controversial recommendation to cut down the sentence of the murderer of Dr. Rudolph (Israel) Kastner, which paved the way for his release shortly afterward, after serving only six years of his life sentence.

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