The brother of Yitzhak Rabin assassin Yigal Amir is scheduled to leave prison Friday and reportedly plans to attempt to disappear from the public eye.
Hagai Amir, who is completing a 16.5 year sentence for conspiring with his brother in the killing of then-prime minister Rabin in 1995 and for threatening to kill Ariel Sharon when he was prime minister, has kept mum on his post-prison plans. But relatives say Amir wants to try and distance himself from the media, according to news website Ynet.
According to a report on the site, Amir plans to spend his first weekend of freedom in a West Bank settlement, though residents there have asked to keep the location a secret for fear it will be seen as having some connection to the Rabin assassination. Some there plan to try and block Amir’s visit.
“We completely renounce this visit and any of course any connection with the Rabin assassination,” one resident told the website.
Amir reportedly expressed a lack of remorse for his part in the killing of Rabin, telling his lawyer this week that he did “the right thing,” and that that he “saved Jewish lives by stopping [another] Oslo,” according to a Channel 2 news report Wednesday.
Amir’s refusal to express regret for his actions over the years kept him from being released after completing two-thirds of his prison term.
Channel 10 reported this week that relatives plan to keep his release low key, with no celebration planned.
“You have to remember this is somebody who spent 16 and a half years in total isolation,” one relative told the news channel.
Amir was convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm, after his brother’s assassination of Rabin following a peace rally on November 4, 1995. In 2006, half a year was added to his sentence after he was found guilty of threatening to kill Sharon, who led the disengagement from the Gaza Strip.