Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday evening called a recent survey on whether Yitzhak Rabin assassin Yigal Amir should be pardoned "worrying."
"There is no significance to the survey on the release of Yigal Amir," said Olmert, speaking at a Knesset memorial ceremony for the slain prime minister.
"According to the law, someone who murders the prime minister will never go free, and it is impossible to pardon him," Olmert said, but said that the survey "indicates an educational failure."
The prime minister expressed particular concern over the survey's implications for the religious community, 14 percent of whom apparently supported pardoning Amir immediately. Another 50%, Olmert said, supported pardoning him in the future.