Since late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s murder, 20 years ago, most of the national-religious public believe the state-sponsored commemorative events on the anniversary of his death are being used by the media and by the political left to attack the religious Zionist public. This is the view of at least 65% of the respondents to a poll published on Monday.
The poll, conducted by Miskar, which specializes in following opinions and trends in the national-religious sector in Israel, conducted among a representative sample of 480 participants, also found that 76.5% believe Rabin’s legacy was shaped by “interested parties for narrow political purposes.” Another outstanding point made by the survey relates to the Oslo Accords: a full 91% of national-religious sector respondents said that Rabin’s government jeopardized the future of Israel when it signed the agreement with the Palestinians.
More than half of the respondents — 55% — claimed that the murderer Yigal Amir did not kill Rabin. 73% of respondents believe that there were other conspirators behind Rabin’s murder, and that Amir did not act alone.
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Police reports state that gunpowder was found on Rabin’s body and clothing, suggesting that he had been shot at point-blank range, but, according to the official version, Amir shot from a distance that was too far for powder traces to settle on the body.
Surgery reports describe a bullet wound with the bullet entrance in the chest are inconsistent with the eyewitness reports and the Kempler video, which suggests that Rabin was shot in the back while walking away from Yigal Amir.
Police ballistics tests on shell casings found at the scene did not match Amir’s gun.
The survey found that 68% of respondents said that Amir, who is serving a life sentence, should be released eventually, as is common with prisoners who are convicted of murder. In Israel, murderers who receive a life sentenced are released after 16 to 24 years.
Only 41.5% said the national-religious sector was required to do soul searching after Rabin’s assassination, and only 8% thought it has not been done. As to whether a political assassination can happen again in Israel, 67% of respondents said it is possible. 14% feel it will be carried out by the extreme left, and 15% saw it coming from the extreme right. The majority, 71%, said that an assassination is equally possible on both sides of the political map.