'Yigal Amir does not deserve to become a father'

Yigal Amir 'turned the notion of killing someone you don't agree with into a norm,' says former internal security minister Moshe Shahal. 'There's something wrong here.' The eleventh of Heshvan (October 23) is the eve of Yitzhak Rabin's official memorial day according to the Hebrew calendar. Ironically, it is also the date on which Larissa Trembovlar, the wife of assassin Yigal Amir, is due give birth to their first child, said to be a boy, at a Jerusalem hospital. Since marrying by proxy in a religious ceremony in 2004, Trembovlar and Amir have waged relentless legal battles to receive permission to start a family. Conjugal rights were granted in October 2006 when the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) allowed the couple unsupervised visits, which resulted in the pregnancy. As Israel marks 12 years since Amir pumped two fatal shots into Rabin on November 4, 1995 after a Tel Aviv rally in support of the Oslo Accords, the public finds itself unwittingly more involved in the fertility issues of the assassin than the legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. The Jerusalem Report asked long-time Labor politician and lawyer Moshe Shahal, who served as minister of internal security in Rabin's cabinet and today has a private law firm in Tel Aviv, to reflect on the man and the memory, and the controversial pregnancy and birth. For full story please subscribe to The Jerusalem Report click here to subscribe.