Yitzchak Rabin
Yitzchak RabinIsrael news photo: Flash 90

It has been 16 years since the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin on November 4, 1995, after a peace rally in Tel Aviv.

Yigal Amir was convicted and imprisoned for the murder, but 16 years later many questions still remain about whether Amir is truly Rabin’s killer. The Public Committee for the Reinvestigation of the Rabin Murder, which met on Thursday, is calling for a government inquiry into finding the true killer.

Yaakov Verker, who heads the commission, told Arutz Sheva that there is strong evidence that shows that Rabin was not killed by the shots fired by Amir, which hit him in the back, but rather by an additional shot fired at him from the front when he was already in his vehicle.

“There’s a big blood stain inside the car,” Verker said. “I got a very important document about it from a person who sent an e-mail after several years, when he understood that the blood stain could not have belonged to Rabin’s bodyguard [who was wounded in the shooting -ed.] but to another person who sat there and was murdered in the car [suggesting that it was Rabin’s murderer who was himself later shot and killed –ed.]. There was also a big blood stain in the back seat, where Rabin sat, because Rabin sat in the car.”

Alex Peleg, a forensic expert, reinforced Verker’s claims and said, “There was an additional shot fired from the front that was not fired by Amir. Not in the chest, but on the left seven centimeters below. Who fired that shot? Yigal Amir couldn’t have fired it. There was a second shooter. When I investigated these things and asked the forensic department to investigate the shooting range, they answered that a murder from ten years ago is not checked. A strange answer, considering we are speaking about a Prime Minister.”

Verker said that he believes that in light of the evidence, the murder was a plot by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) and that Amir, in fact, had fired blanks.

“I believe that Yigal Amir fired blanks because it was a plot by the ISA,” he said. “Why didn’t they shoot Amir? A man fires three shots and no one shoots him?”

Verker said he had spoken with Rabin’s children as well with Yigal Amir’s brother, and that “they all know that the murder took place in the car, and it’s infuriating because they never solved the mystery of who the murderer is. The murderer was killed that same night. They buried him at 3:00 a.m. There’s a testimony of a gravedigger who took part in a hurried burial at 3:00 a.m.”