Yigal Amir in court 370 (R).
(photo credit: Yossi Zeliger / Reuters)
Yigal Amir, assassin of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, is set to leave solitary
confinement in the coming days, the Prisons Service confirmed
Amir spent 17 years in solitary detention, in line with
repeated court extensions of his prison terms.
Prison officials, citing
intelligence and police evaluations, have expressed concern that Amir posed a
danger to other prisoners, adding that he himself was under potential threat
from fellow inmates.
The Prisons Service said Wednesday that Amir will
not be moved into an open prison ward, but instead will be held in a cell with
two to four other inmates who will be carefully selected ahead of
Earlier this year, the High Court of Justice ruled that Amir could
study Torah with other prisoners.
In 2006, the Prisons Service removed
CCTV cameras that were monitoring him 24 hours a day, and allowed him to receive
The Prisons Service revaluates Amir’s conditions every six
months. Amir is serving out a life sentence for Rabin’s murder and a further six
years for injuring the former prime minister’s bodyguard in the Tel Aviv
shooting in 1995.
Responding to the decision to end Amir’s isolation,
Meretz party secretary-general Dror Morag said it was a mistaken and outrageous
move “that is aimed at sending a forgiving message towards a murderer of a prime
minister, who never expressed remorse for his actions.” Morag added that Amir is
“a despicable and dangerous murderer who does not deserve a lightening of his
The Meretz representative expressed concern that Amir could
use his interactions with other prisoners to radicalize them and “spread his