The brother of the man who shot Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 has gone on Facebook, bragging that the pair had planned the killing for two years.
Hagai Amir, who was recently released from prison for his part in the assassination, as reported by Digital Journal, got into a Facebook debate about the murder and what triggered it.
After Rabin was shot and killed, fingers were pointed at inflammatory remarks from right-wing politicians and rabbis in the weeks and months before the incident. But The Times of Israel reports Amir says, “There is no connection between incitement and Rabin’s elimination.” “That is just a leftist tool for hounding the right wing, which in its stupidity is going along with it and even bothers to respond to it. We decided to eliminate Rabin two years beforehand with the signing of the Oslo Accords.”
The Oslo Accords had been signed in Washington in 1993, creating the Palestinian Authority and giving up some lands in the West Bank to Palestinian control. It sparked debate across Israel and around the world with left wing supporters backing the deal and the right wing opposed. Rabin was shot and killed during a peace rally in Tel Aviv in November 1995.
One Facebook user questioned Amir's use of the word "elimination", usually reserved for targeted assassinations rather than murder. Amir replied, “All of Hamas together has not done as much damage to the Jewish people as Rabin and his helpers.”
Amir, who spent 16 years behind bars for his role in the assassination, has never expressed any regret or remorse. The trigger-man, his brother Yigal, is serving a life-sentence in prison. Earlier this month there was an questions raised in Israel when it was announced Yigal would be let out of solitary confinement for the first time since his conviction.