|"No regrets". Hagay Amir|
Hagay Amir spent over 16 years in prison for his part in the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzchak Rabin. Now, 18 years after the event and a free man, he reflects. There are no regrets, he tells Ori Golan in an exclusive interview.
In several forums he was declared a traitor and an enemy of the Jews – crimes which, according to some radical rabbis, were punishable by death. On one occasion four of them staged a religious ritual outside Rabin’s home, calling down a curse on him. Anti-government demonstrators waved placards carrying photoshopped posters of Rabin in SS uniform and a swastika armband, with captions reading “traitor” and “murderer”.
This does not mean that the media is not interested in them. Over the years both he and Yigal have been the subject of news reports and feature articles. In August 2004 Yigal made headlines when he managed to outwit the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and marry Larissa Trimbobler in a surreptitious proxy marriage which was later validated by a Rabbinical court. In October 2007, despite the IPS’s best efforts to torpedo their plan, the couple brought into the world a son.
|Hagai Amir |
with Yigal Amir's
I suggest we go back to the day of the assassination. Did they have a ready plan?
|We knew what we were doing and |
we were willing to pay the price.”
Was he surprised, I ask Hagay, at how easy it was for Yigal to gun down Rabin?
“Of course. I didn’t think we could pull it off. I thought they’d send him away from the area. I mean, the Shabak works and trains for exactly this sort of scenario. If it was a sniper from a distance, the first bullet would have been a surprise. But this was from point-blank range. That is the reason for all the conspiracy theories.”
|Assassin,Yigal Amir in court|
|“This is a cell that was |
intended to kill its resident,”
Hagay says that he has not changed over the years, but as the interview progresses it becomes clear that he has.
|Memorial site, Rabin Square.|