Shin Bet publishes historic letters written by Shimon Peres in Israel's early years

The letters were written between 1953 and 1973, a period in which Peres held a variety of security positions.
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The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has published on its website three letters sent to it by Shimon Peres in the 1950s and 1970s.

The first letter is from January 13, 1953. In it, Peres, who was Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, orders the head of the Civil Service Commission to recognize Shin Bet workers as state employees. "Their status will need to be adjusted to their special service conditions," Peres wrote.

The second document published by the Shin Bet is a letter of appreciation and gratitude Peres sent in 1955 to its then-head Amos Manor. "The Shin Bet has had a number of successful achievements lately," Peres wrote vaguely. "When you visit there you know that it is not by coincidence."

In the third letter, sent in 1973, then-Communications Minister Peres orders the then-Shin Bet head to implement the necessary means for the country's security.

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