Yigal Amir: 'No regrets'

Channel 20 to publish quotes from Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's killer.

Mordechai Sones,

Yigal Amir
Yigal Amir
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Channel 20 this evening will broadcast quotes from conversations between Yigal Amir and his associates on the program of Yinon Magal and Shimon Riklin.

The man seen in the amateur 1995 video shooting towards the back of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says in conversation that he does not regret the murder and that if he would express regret he would enjoy eased prison conditions: "They offered me: 'Express remorse and you'll get a wedding. Say you're sorry and you'll get conjugal visits.'"

Amir also refers to the issue of incitement: "It would have been the easiest thing for me to say: 'So-and-so incited me,' or, 'Person X sent me,' but I didn't consult anyone, not with rabbis, policemen, or Avishai Raviv. Raviv was my subordinate, a problematic personality, not a person who could influence anyone. The whole story that the Shin Bet influenced me is nonsense."

Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv's mission was to monitor rightist activities. Raviv was brought to trial in 2000 for not preventing Rabin's assassination, but he also acted as a provocateur, insinuating himself into religious Zionist circles and coaxing them to action to turn public opinion against them. Three months before Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed, Raviv was appearing nightly on the news conducting militant "right-wing" induction ceremonies, publicly beating Arabs, and distributing photos of Rabin in an SS uniform.

On his 103 FM program, Magal debated co-host Anat Davidov about the legitimacy of interviewing Amir. Magal said, "If I could, I'd personally interview Yigal Amir," and explained the value of such an interview, while Davidov called interviews with murderers and rapists "illegitimate".

Magal and Davidov spoke with Avi Benayahu, who was Rabin's advisor and saw the murder before his eyes and with MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin (Zionist Union), who said she would act to prevent the interview's broadcast.

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