Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's Assassin to Request Retrial

A legal team is being assembled after Yigal Amir consented, his wife says

Yigal Amir during a court hearing in 2010.
Tomer Noiberg

Yigal Amir, who assassinated Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin in 1995, is seeking a retrial, his wife Larissa Amir Trimbobler said Saturday on Facebook.

"I wish to update that, at this time, a legal defense team is being assembled to prepare and submit a request for a retrial for Yigal Amir," the Facebook post said. "The move is being taken with permission and authorization after Yigal Amir gave his consent."

Amir assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995 at the end of a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv. He was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

The Facebook post was written by attorney Gabi Shachar, who was appointed by the court in 1995 to represent Amir along with attorney Shmuel Fleishman, and who continued representing him in his appeal to the Supreme Court. Shachar refused to give additional details, only saying that he will be a part of the Amir's legal defense team.

Education Minister Naftali Bennet wrote on Twitter that, “The Prime Minister’s assassin needs to end his days in prison. On this matter, there is no right or left. Every murder is terrible, but the assassination of a prime minister could break apart our country.”

Zehava Galon, chairwoman of Meretz, tweeted, “instead of dealing with the horrendous idea of a retrail, this is an opportunity to demand that the rabbis who issue a din rodef and collaborated in murder stand trial.” A din rodef (the law of the pursuer) states that it is permissible to kill someone who is trying to kill you.

Galon added that “Yigal Amir said in his Shin Bet questioning that without rabbinical guidance, he would not have assassinated Rabin. These rabbis continue to walk free, and incite.”