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ISRAELI PM EHUD OLMERT HONORS RABIN ON ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ASSASSINATION
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) talks with his Defense Minister Amir Peretz during a memorial service honoring the 11th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem on November 2, 2006. Rabin was shot by Israeli assassin Yigal Amir after a peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995. (UPI Photo/David Silverman/POOL)
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Yigal Amir (Hebrew: יגאל עמיר‎, born May 23, 1970) is the Israeli assassin of Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin. The assassination took place November 4, 1995 at the conclusion of a rally in Tel Aviv. Amir is currently serving a life sentence for murder plus 14 years for conspiracy to murder Rabin on different occasions and for injuring Rabin's bodyguard, Yoram Rubin, under aggravating circumstances.

Yigal Amir was born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Herzliya, Israel. His mother, Geula, was a kindergarten teacher, and his father, Shlomo, was a sofer. Yigal Amir attended a Haredi elementary school in Herzliya and a high school yeshiva in Tel Aviv. He then joined the Israel Defense Forces as a Hesder student, combining army training in the Golani Brigade with religious study at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh.

Amir was a law and computer science student at Bar-Ilan University and a right-wing radical who had strenuously opposed Rabin's signing of the Oslo Accords. During his studies at Bar-Ilan University, he was active in organizing protest rallies.

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