decided that China is more important.' They did not answer me, they only asked that we be patient." Darshan promises that she will blink last. "If the testimony is not forthcoming, I will ask the court to subpoena high-ranking Israeli officials, among them the head of the National Security Council, Yaakov Amidror, and the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, requiring them to testify. We will not give up the testimony, and the court will not give up either."
- Were There not Earlier Signs That Israel Would Retreat?
"Listen, I worked closely with the intelligence groups the entire time. They provided us with details on a few accounts, to show the Bank of China that we knew what we were talking about. We also obtained an affidavit from a former intelligence official, Shlomo Matalon, who describes the meetings in China in which the Bank of China officials were warned. I was promised that Shaya would testify. In March, we were still worked with the legal department of the security community on the condition of this testimony. We agreed that he would not testify publicly, that his face and name would not be revealed and that the testimony would be given in Israel. A month later, the State of Israel broke all its promises." "What is funny is that during the whole case, the Bank of China taunted us and said we do not have any witnesses or evidence and that the lawsuit was unfounded. Already three years ago, during the discovery stage, we received a memorandum from the Chinese Foreign Ministry stating that they will deny these meetings and that the Israelis will deny them as well."
- When you investigated the substance of this memorandum, how did they respond?
"At every point I got promises that it will be okay, that Uzi will testify. Today I understand that the Chinese had already known what I did not know, that at the moment of truth, the State of Israel would not help. Otherwise, where did they receive the confidence to declare each time in court that the lawsuit was unfounded, despite all the documents I presented?"
"Flinching as if From Fire"
- How do you feel now?
"Listen, it is a terrible story. I dragged 22 families, victims of terrorism, to file a lawsuit. The court in New York has been adjudicating the matter for a number of years. I found myself in a personal fight against one of the biggest banks in the world. They threatened me with a six page letter. I can't travel to China. I traveled to Thailand recently without going through China, I do not take risks. "I relied upon the promises of the security groups. They sent me to fight, made use of victims of terror and discarded them. We went through obstacles with this case, victims of terror being questioned without their feelings being taken into consideration, being torn to pieces. 'Maybe you were mentally imbalanced before the terror attack," or 'Why did you knowingly choose to be a resident of Sderot, a war zone?' these were the questions the other side asked without mercy." "It is an extremely difficult process. And now, the State of Israel who sent them there has shaken itself from them, abandoned them. What was the country's goal? To take these victims of terrorism, to use them to sue and to close the accounts. These accounts really were closed, after about a year, mysteriously, but now I am