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November 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 100,000 Israelis gathered in the Tel Aviv square where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated 12 years ago to pay tribute to him. They also protested a court ruling that would allow Yigal Amir, the Orthodox Jewish assassin serving life in prison, to attend his son's circumcision, scheduled for today, the anniversary of Rabin's slaying. Amir has been permitted conjugal visits over the last year with his wife, whom he married by proxy while in prison. A son was born a week ago.
June 6, 1996 | Reuters
The man who killed former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin over his peace moves with the Arabs is happy about the election victory of hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu, his lawyer said Wednesday. "Yigal Amir said he voted for Benjamin Netanyahu . . . ," lawyer Shmuel Fleishman told reporters at a Tel Aviv court. "Now he is part of more than half the country that's happy about the elections." Netanyahu, elected prime minister last week, has said he opposes swapping land for peace with the Arabs.
November 17, 1997 | From Reuters
A co-conspirator in the Yitzhak Rabin assassination is suing an undercover agent for Israel's domestic security service for $1.4 million, charging that the informer incited violence against the prime minister. Hagai Amir is serving a 12-year sentence for helping his brother, assassin Yigal Amir, plot Rabin's murder in 1995 to halt his peacemaking with the Arabs.
December 5, 1995 | From Times Wire Reports
An army sergeant was indicted in the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a day after the confessed gunman in the slaying fed conspiracy rumors by implying before a court appearance in Tel Aviv that he got help from a Rabin bodyguard. First Sgt. Eric Schwartz was charged with smuggling weapons from his military base and giving them to gunman Yigal Amir and Amir's brother, Hagai.
The extremist conspiracy that claimed the life of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is limited to no more than a dozen members, a senior Cabinet minister said Friday, but authorities fear that other right-wing Jewish groups may be preparing to use violence to scuttle Israel's search for peace with its Arab neighbors. Interior Minister Ehud Barak issued a sobering warning as a mourning nation went home at nightfall for Sabbath observances after one of the most traumatic weeks in its history.
Israel's top cop on Wednesday backed off of his earlier assertion that slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was the victim of a conspiracy by a right-wing Jewish group, saying that he now accepts the view of the Israeli security service that the assassination was planned only by the 25-year-old gunman and his brother.
March 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Surrounded by supporters and her weeping parents, a woman convicted of failing to prevent the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin began a nine-month jail sentence Wednesday. Margalit Har-Shefi, 25, a friend of Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, repeated her claim of innocence as she entered a prison for women in central Israel. "I did not know" about the planned assassination, she said. "Even prison can't change the truth."
November 5, 1998 | From Associated Press
An informer for Israel's intelligence agency who befriended Yitzhak Rabin's assassin will be indicted on charges he failed to stop the killing, Israel's attorney general said Wednesday. The announcement by Atty. Gen. Elyakim Rubinstein came exactly three years after Jewish ultranationalist Yigal Amir shot and killed the prime minister as he was leaving a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Rubinstein identified the suspect as Avishai Raviv, once an informer for the Shin Bet security services.
November 5, 1995
"The world has lost one of its greatest men, a warrior for his nation's freedom and now a martyr for his nation's peace." -- President Clinton **** "I acted alone on God's orders, and I have no regrets." -- Accused assassin Yigal Amir to police investigators, as quoted on Israel Radio **** "I am very sad and very shocked for this awful and terrible crime against one of the brave leaders of Israel and the peacemakers."
October 13, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Investigators launched a government inquiry at a secret location Sunday into Israel's bungled attempt to kill a leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas in Jordan, an Israeli spokesman said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, having reportedly ordered Mossad secret agents to assassinate Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal last month, appointed a three-man "clarification committee" last week to investigate the affair.
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