zaterdag 1 november 2008

Yigal Amir geeft interview over moord op Rabin

Het is verleidelijk te menen dat zo iemand maar opgehangen moet worden of de rest van zijn leven in eenzame opsluiting doorbrengen, maar dat is niet volgens de regels van het Israelische recht. De vraag dringt zich bij dit soort zaken altijd weer op: hoe gaat een beschaafd land om met barbaren? Volgens velen behandelt Israel zijn eigen extremisten stukken beter dan de Palestijnse, maar die mensen vergeten dat Palestijnen vanuit de gevangenis aanslagen hebben georganiseerd en zeer invloedrijk blijven in de eigen gemeenschap. Ook zij genieten allerlei privileges, waardoor ze het soms beter hebben dan thuis.
Last update - 22:41 30/10/2008
Yigal Amir describes how idea to murder Rabin came about
By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Service
Yigal Amir, the right-wing extremist convicted of assassinating prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, spoke about how the idea to commit the murder initially came about, in an interview with Channel 10 on Thursday.
In the interview, Amir said that he was at a wedding, which was also attended by Rabin, and realized that the prime minister was protected by only one bodyguard.
"If I were to shake his hand, I could have easily shot him, if I had wanted to," Amir told Channel 10. "I was inside with a gun. I saw that it was so easy, and told myself that in several years I would regret not having killed him."
When asked who influenced his decision to commit the murder, Amir said "all those that understand the military," specifically naming former prime minister Ariel Sharon, former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff and cabinet minister Refael Eitan (Raful), and slain extreme right-wing MK Rehavam Ze'evi.
"All the military experts said that the Oslo Accord was a disaster," Amir said, referring to the 1993 deal between Israel and the Palestinians which was signed by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Rabin.
The Israel Prisons Service was shocked to learn, on Israel's two main commercial television channels, that Amir had given phone interviews to both networks from prison. Amir was never given permission to conduct the interviews.
Amir's privileges were revoked after channel 10 aired excerpts from the interview, among them phone privileges, until further notice. The fact that Amir was able to conduct the interviews without the knowledge of the Israel Prisons Service proves that Amir's telephone conversations are not being monitored, as they have been in the past.
Last August, Amir used the prison's phone to issue threats against his wife's neighbor following a dispute between the neighbors over a burst pipe. In the past, the IPS has closely monitored the content of the phone calls made by Amir, and his brother Hagai who is also serving a prison sentence for conspiracy to commit murder. Several years ago, Hagai Amir's phone privileges were revoked and he was sentenced to another year in prison after saying to prison guards "I can have the prime minister blown up with one phone call."

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