Brother of Rabin Killer Released From Israeli Prison
Brother of Rabin killer released from Israeli prison
May 4, 2012
The brother of the man who killed Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been freed after more than 16 years in jail for complicity in the murder.
Left-wing activists chanted “disgrace” as Hagai Amir left Ayalon prison, south of Tel Aviv. But he told Israel Radio: “I am proud of what I did.”
Yigal Amir, a right-wing extremist, shot Rabin in 1995 after a peace rally in support of the Oslo Accords.
Rabin’s daughter, Dalia, said Hagai Amir should never have been released.
“People like that belong behind bars forever,” she told the Israeli news website, Ynet.
Yigal Amir, who has also never expressed any remorse for the killing, is serving a life sentence at Rimonim Prison, near the town of Ramla.
Ynet reports: Rabin aide: Hagai Amir should have left prison in casket
Shimon Sheves, who served as head of PM’s Office under slain premier, says assassin’s brother should have been kept in jail ‘until his body rotted.’ Yossi Sarid: His release made me nauseous
“Such a man should have remained in prison until the end of his days,” Shimon Sheves, a former aide to Yitzhak Rabin, said Friday in response the release of Hagai Amir, the brother of the late prime minister’s assassin.
The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin took place on November 4, 1995 (12th of Marcheshvan, 5756 on the Hebrew Calendar) at 21:30, at the end of a rally in support of the Oslo Accords at the Kings of Israel Square in Tel Aviv. The assassin, a far-right-wing religious Zionist named Yigal Amir, strenuously opposed Rabin’s peace initiative and particularly the signing of the Oslo Accords.