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Over one fourth of the Israeli public believes that Yigal Amir, the assassin of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, should be released from jail in another eight years after only 20 years in prison, according to a survey released on Monday.
The survey, published by Ma'ariv, showed that 26 percent of the general public and 42% of the religious population support freeing Amir by 2015. In fact, 14% of the public and 38% of religious people polled don't even want to wait that long.
However, 59% of the general public and 32% of the religious population say Amir should never go free.
Amir is currently serving a life sentence for murder, as well as 14 years for conspiracy to murder and for wounding a security guard. Life sentences are often commuted to a shorter term, but his has not been.
In addition, over a third of those surveyed (32%) believe Amir should be allowed out to attend the brit mila circumcision of his son, who is expected to be born in about another two weeks. Over half the religious community (57%) shared this opinion.
Approximately two thirds (66%) of those asked said Amir's son should be allowed to visit him regularly in prison.
Very few people felt Amir would be a negative influence on his son, with only 10% of the general public and 3% of religious people saying they expected the boy to follow in his father's footsteps.
Also according to the survey, 28% of the general public and 46% of the religious public believe Amir is not guilty of killing Rabin.
Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.