Maariv, 18 September 1992.
By: Immanuel Rozen (transl. from Hebrew by Israel Shahak)
"Shoot freely, shoot as much as you want, at whatever you want"
Ten years later, major (reserves) Gil Agnon has still forgotten nothing. It was noontime, in West Beirut, the eve of the Jewish New Year, September 1982. Lieutenant Avi Garbovsky, deputy commander of Company 6 of his tank battalion, arrived at the command post. Agmon recalls Garbovsky telling him excitedly: "O, God, do not ask me what I have seen", Garbovsky panted and Agmon thinks that there was in fact a misunderstanding behind the excitement, since Garbovsky had not understood what he had seen. But he said that he had seen Falanga soldiers beating two youths and dragging them into the stadium. Later, shots were heard, and they came out without the youths. And still later he saw some Falangists killing five women and children, and then another one shooting a civilian at close range. Agmon remembers his confused, unfocused, story. But it was clear that Garbovsky had seen something. And everyone, meaning the battalion’s officers who were present and ~ho heard the tale, had really not yet known anything about the massacre In Sabra and Shatilla, but Agmon thinks they already had a gut feeling. When Garbovsky stopped talking they were silent, until someone flung into the loaded silence what everyone had been thinking: "Damn it", he said, "what the hell are we doing here".
We felt a terrible anger, mainly anger", says Agmon, "we did not really know what to do next. Everyone went to his own corner in silence. It was New Year’s Eve, and the atmosphere was awful. We decided to go and to hold a toast with the soldiers and wish them a