The Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin’s Killer—and His Wife

A controversial new documentary focuses on a sensational love drama rather than the loss of a leader and its impact on a still-reeling Israeli society



Israel has kept Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir in solitary confinement for more than 15 years while allowing him to father a child. In the context of exceptionally pro-natalist fertility policies, this seeming paradox makes sense.



Yigal Amir assassinated Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago in an effort to derail the Oslo peace accords. Now his wife, a Russian émigré, is trying to turn him into a heroic Soviet-style political prisoner.

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