Brother of Rabin assasin shows no sign of remorse in prison diary writings

Recently released after 15 years in jail, Hagai Amir publishes excerpts from his private journal

Hagai Amir has revealed excerpts from his prison diary. (photo credit: Flash90)
Hagai Amir has revealed excerpts from his prison diary. (photo credit: Flash90)

Hagai Amir, brother of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir, on Sunday published excerpts from the journal he had kept since he was arrested and incarcerated 15 years ago, revealing his thoughts on the events that transpired since the evening in November 1995 when his brother fatally shot the prime minister, and showing no remorse over the killing.

The excerpts were posted on Amir’s Facebook page and communicated by Walla News.

Among the published writings was an excerpt in which Amir wrote that a Shin Bet undercover agent had advance information about his brother’s plans to kill Rabin and that if the agent had arrested him the murder could have been prevented.

“In prison, I am learning a lot of things that had I known before, everything could have been done differently, without getting caught,” Amir was also said to have written. He reportedly added that he was disappointed with “the Ashkenazi and Religious Zionists,” whom he termed “zeros,” and who “do nothing but dance in circles at every function.”

Referring directly to his brother’s crime, he remarked that Yigal — affectionately termed “Gali” — had “sent Rabin to the afterlife.”

Hagai 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 former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who led the disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

According to the report, Hagai Amir is expected to reveal more fragments from his journal in the coming weeks.

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