RAMLE (JWN)—Haggai Amir, who served 16 and a half years in prison for helping his brother, Yigal, assassinate prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995, was released Friday morning from Ramle’s high security Ayalon Prison after completing his sentence.
“I have no regrets. I’m proud of what I did,” an unrepentant Amir told a swarm of reporters waiting at the prison gate, as he flashed a V-for-victory sign.
In addition to family members, he was also greeted by several dozen protesters demonstrating against his release. His mother, father, and brother immediately took him to the home of relatives in a West Bank settlement for the Sabbath.
Amir’s release was broadcast live on Channel 2, whose viewers saw protesters waving signs reading, “We won’t forgive, we won’t forget,” and chanting in unison the Hebrew term for “disgrace.”
Haggai Amir has never expressed remorse for having done what he called “the right thing” and having “saved Jewish lives” by derailing the peace process by helping his brother murder Rabin. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Half a year was added to his sentence after he was found guilty of threatening to kill then prime minister Ariel Sharon over the disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
Before his release, Rabin’s daughter, Dalia, told the Yediot Aharonot daily that “people like that should be behind bars forever, or should at least be shunned.” Rabin’s granddaughter, Noa, wrote on Facebook that Amir’s release “is insulting to the point of suffocation,” but “That’s the way it is in a democracy.”