Netanyahu Rejects Rabin Assassination Conspiracy Theory Floated at His Support Rally

Dr. Mordechai Kedar said assassin was not Yigal Amir, but someone with the initials Y.R. ■ Netanyahu calls claims 'nonsense'

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while speaking during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem October 27, 2019.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected on Wednesday comments made by at a rally by an academic from Bar-Ilan University, who suggested Yigal Amir was not the man who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, despite Amir's confession.

During a speech at a pro-Netanyahu rally in Petah Tikva Tuesday night, Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar said that the person who murdered Rabin has the initials of Y.R. "The person… is probably a leading politician, who wanted to kill Yitzhak Rabin because he wanted to leave the Oslo Accords," he added.

In a statement Wednesday, Netanyahu called the assertion "nonsense."

Approximately 1,000 people attended the rally, billed as a show of support for Netanyahu and a protest against Israel's "gatekeepers" – namely the prosecution in Netanyahu's corruption cases.

Bar-Ilan University also distanced itself from Kedar's comments, stressing they do not represent the university. "We believe there is no place for such statements in Israeli society," the university said.