After sixteen and a half years in prison for helping his brother Yigal
Amir plot the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin,
Hagai Amir walked out of Ayalon Prison in Ramle on Friday morning a free
Now 43 years old, the Herzliya native
has never expressed remorse for
his role in the assassination, which he reiterated as he left the
prison, saying he was proud of what he did and has no regrets. He held
up a "V" sign with his fingers, before leaving for his parents' house.
sentenced for conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm
for his part in helping his brother plan the assassination of Rabin at a
peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995.
In 2006, he was sentenced to an extra year in prison for threats made against the life of former prime minister Ariel Sharon.
was supposed to be released a few months earlier because of prison
overcrowding, but due to the Gilad Schalit prisoner release, there was
no longer a need to afford him early release.
His brother Yigal remains in solitary confinement serving a life sentence for killing Rabin.
Contacted by The Jerusalem Post
on Thursday, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said they would not
comment on whether or not they still consider Amir a threat to the
public or if they will perform surveillance on him after his release.
granddaughter Noa Rothman (nee Ben-Artzi) posted a message on her
Facebook page on Thursday that read “Hagai Amir will be released
tomorrow from prison. This is how it is in a democracy, I know, but what
can you do? The heart is irrational. The heart burns, especially on a
day like this... Because 16 and a half years have gone by and it’s just
as painful and insulting like it was yesterday.”
Elsewhere, in an
interview with Israel Radio on Thursday, Kadima MK and former Shin Bet
chief Avi Dichter said that Hagai’s brother Yigal should have been
executed for killing Rabin.