Wife of Rabin's Assassin Among Founders of Party Promoting Retrials

Larisa Trembovler-Amir won’t say if her husband, Yigal Amir, knows about the newly registered party, which is called Mishpatei Tzedek, 'fair trials' in Hebrew

Yigal Amir in court in 2010.
Dror Artzi

The wife of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, is among the founders of a new political party to promote criminal retrials. The party, whose name is Mishpatei Tzedek, "fair trials" in Hebrew, was registered last week.

Amir’s wife, Larisa Trembovler-Amir, would not tell Haaretz whether her husband was aware of the party’s establishment. She said she would have to consult him on the matter before answering the question. Yigal Amir was convicted in 1996 of the assassination the year before of Prime Minister Rabin.

According to documents submitted to the registrar of political parties, the party’s goals include “the aspiration for fair trials and scrutiny of previous convictions.” The documents also state that the party seeks to promote “oversight and supervision of the State Prosecutor’s Office and the justice system,” and “concern for and protection of the interests of Israel’s citizens and promotion of the principles of justice and truth in Israeli society and in the government.”

The party’s representative also submitted a list of 120 names of the party’s founders.

Trembovler-Amir told Haaretz that the new party has no connection with a party called Nora Daliba, which was established before the previous election campaign and called for the release of Yigal Amir from prison, but did not run in the end. “It wasn’t a party, it was just talk about a party by another name,” she said.

Larisa Trembovler-Amir in court in 2010 with her father-in-law, Shlomo Amir.
Olivier Fitoussi

A few of the founders of the new party were also founders of Nora Daliba. Some of them published posts on their Facebook pages calling for Amir’s release, and some are members of a Facebook group that raises money for Amir's purchases from the commissary at his prison. The Facebook group posted an interview with Amir’s mother, Geula, who said she believes her son will be released next year.

Attorney Michael Litvak, who filed the documents registering the new party, said: “The goals of the party were conveyed to the registrar of parties.” Other signatories of the registration document declined to respond to Haaretz’s queries.