The brother of Rabin's murderer, Yigal Amir, served 16 years in prison for conspiracy to kill the prime minister. He was released in May. In his first extensive interview since his release, Hagai Amir admits the conspiracy, says he would have killed Rabin himself if his brother's attempt had failed, and says that killing Rabin was a "mitzvah" according to Jewish law. And he says the only leaders he looks up to are the "Gedolei Yisrael," the leading Zionist Orthodox and haredi rabbinic leaders.
+972 Magazine interviewed Hagai Amir, Yigal Amir's brother who served 16 years in prison for conspiracy to kill the prime minister.
Hagai Amir was released from prison in May.
In the +972 interview, he admits the conspiracy, says he would have killed Rabin himself if his brother's attempt had failed, and says that killing Rabin was a "mitzvah" according to Jewish law. And he says the only leaders he looks up to are the "Gedolei Yisrael," the leading Zionist Orthodox and haredi rabbinic leaders:
Who are your authoritative sources, those you respect and admire the most?
There are none, and those who I admire and listen to are not involved in what’s going on.
Meaning, rabbis and spiritual leaders that you admire do not play the political game? I understand this. I’m trying to understand who your role models are, even if they are not politicians.
I admire mostly the Gedolei Yisrael [leading Jewish sages], and their humility and modesty.
Hagai Amir also insists that killing Rabin was a mitzvah:
From my discussions with you on Facebook, it doesn’t seem like you feel much remorse for Rabin’s murder. Do thoughts of remorse about the murder ever go through your head? For example, on Yom Kippur?
Of course not. It didn’t just happen out of the blue. We thought about it for two years, we acted according to the Jewish halacha, and one must not regret doing a mitzvah.
+972 also asked Amir about the rabbis who allegedly instructed him to murder Rabin:
OK. Immediately after he was arrested, Yigal said that he acted upon the advice of rabbis. Can you tell us the names of these rabbis? Were they rabbis Dov Lior, Yitzhak Ginsburg and Nachum Rabinowitz?
In principle I don’t speak of others unless they have done so themselves. I don’t want to hurt anyone, so don’t ask questions like these.
A simple no would have sufficed – unless some or all of those rabbis did tell Yigal Amir to kill Rabin. And from my brief time around Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg, I can guess guess who at least one on that list of murder-ordering rabbis might be.
Ginsburg is a true believer who thought – and still thinks – that the messiah, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, wanted any deal with the Palestinians stopped at any price, because he saw even a deal made with peaceful Palestinians as an existential threat to the Jewish people.
It's a very short step from that position to ordering murder.
Read it all here.