I met Yisrael at his Tel Aviv flat. Yaacov Werker joined me. There were
two topics on the menu. The first was Rudolph Kastner. Those who have read
Perfidy by Ben Hecht know that Kastner was the Jewish Agency employee sent
to Hungary to "save" Jews. Working hand in hand with Adolph Eichmann,
By 1953, the scandal was out and Prime Minister Ben Gurion gave the
order to rub out Kastner. The Shabak urged a group of nationalists called
Sulam to do the deed. Those familiar with the Rabin murder will recognize
Sulam as the Eyal of their time. And just like the Rabin murder, the Kastner hit was
botched and he was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Tel Aviv, now known as Ichilov Hospital, the same place Rabin was finished off.
Yisrael Cohen recalls. "My lab was on the same floor as Kastner's room. He was given a private room and the government arranged for a guard
outside the door 24 hours a day. Except he didn't last that long. He was
shot in the abdomen and Professor Marcus successfully operated on the wound. Kastner was going to make a full recovery.
"You should have seen the joy by the government. They were going to name streets after this 'hero.' They didn't stop sending flowers. Golda
Here's what happened. Someone applied strong pressure on
Kastner's abdomen and tore open the stitches from his operation. No one came into the floor that night and Kastner didn't cry out. The only