President Reuven Rivlin vowed on Sunday at the opening state ceremony for events marking the 20th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination that he would never commute assassin Yigal Amir’s life sentence.
“As long as I am president of Israel, his murderer will not be freed. Curse my hand if it should ever sign a pardon for that evil man,” Rivlin said, noting also how the country had so been shaken by the slaying.
“Never. After the murder, a well-known national-religious rabbi spoke with me, and gave expression to the notion that a political assassin is not just simply a murderer. But he is one who secretly hatched a heinous plot to commit murder against not only the leader of Israel, but the very country itself.”