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Rabin's Assassin Defends Killing

The Israeli extremist who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 defended his actions on Monday, saying he did it to save Israel from destruction. Yigal Amir spoke to reporters during a court hearing in the prison where Amir is serving a life sentence. The court was considering his request to marry a Jewish immigrant from the former Soviet Union and conduct conjugal visits with her. Amir killed Rabin on Nov. 4, 1995 while Israel was carrying out interim peace agreements with the Palestinians. The peace process stalled after his death, though it was revived by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 1999. Speaking to reporters at the hearing, Amir said his goal was to stop the process. “I saw this process as finishing off the country — it’s as simple as that, ” he said. “I have no regrets because I think what I did was necessary during the period in question.” Full Story

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