Eleven years have passed since the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by Yigal Amir and for the first time since that awful night Amir's mother Geula reveals that in her opinion her son is not the one who assassinated Rabin. "I'm sure that Yigal didn't do it, and neither does the inquiring public," she told Ynet on Thursday. "Gali didn't murder Rabin."
"Who said that Gali's bullets killed him?" she asks, using her pet name for Yigal. "Gali said he killed because the Shin Bet told him that he's the one who killed Rabin, but he didn't see Rabin fall. Gali asked to see Rabin's X-rays but the Shin Bet is terrified of him. I have no idea who did it – ask the Shin Bet."
Amir admits that her son went to the rally to harm Rabin, but not to murder him. "The problem is that everyone is too scared to talk about it," she says, "I was on a program on Channel 2 that dealt with what happened there, but suddenly it was stopped. Why? I take comfort in the fact that the lie is a baseless one – in a year or two this whole story will blow up in their faces. I don't care who wanted Rabin dead, but they should admit it."
Amir's mother also addressed the recent poll conducted by Yedioth Ahronoth which asserts that one in three Israelis support pardoning Yigal: "This poll doesn't reflect the whole truth, it doesn't represent everyone. If they were to ask everyone – it would be 90 percent of the public who support Yigal."