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Yigal Amir

Israeli serving life sentence for murder

Yigal Amir, Hebrew: יגאל עמיר‎‎ , (born May 23, 1970 in Herzliya) is an Israeli murderer.

Amir is serving a life sentence in prison because of assassinating Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on November 4, 1995.

His motivation was political. He was strongly against the Oslo Accords and targeted Rabin because of his peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Amir is an Orthodox Jew from a Yemenite Jewish background. At the time of the murder he was studying law and computer science at Bar-Ilan University and also Jewish law.

Because he murdered the country's head of government, this made Amir an assassin. He was found guilty and sent to prison. Israel does not have a death penalty even for such a serious crime in front of many witnesses and photo-documented. However, he is not considered a terrorist because he never took action against anyone else.