Mayor and former Shin Bet chief joins Kadima

Mevaseret Zion Mayor Carmi Gillon, head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) at the time of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, joined the Kadima Party on Wednesday. A former ambassador to Denmark, Gillon said he had never joined a political party before. He said he chose Kadima because he preferred its socioeconomic platform and its approach to education. A Likud official responded that Gillon's joining Kadima would not help the party any more than Gillon helped prevent Rabin's assassination.