BEERSHEBA, Israel - Yigal Amir, serving a life sentence for assassinating former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, has been punished by the Israel Prison Service for giving telephone interviews to Israeli television.
Amir had been issued a cell phone to speak with his wife, Larissa Trimbobler, who gave birth to the couple's son a year ago.
Following the phone interviews with Channel 10 and Channel 2, the IPS transferred Amir to a solitary cell Eshel Prison in Beersheba, where he will no longer be permitted conjugal visits with his wife, nor will he be allowed to receive phone calls, visitors, books or mail.
The prison service believes Amir's wife facilitated the interviews with the press by calling her husband in the presence of TV reporters. But Trimbobler insisted the reporter deceived her husband into giving the interview.
In excerpts from the interview aired Thursday evening, Amir said he was motivated to assassinate Rabin by "those who understand the military," such as former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, assassinated Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi, among others.
Amir said he sought neither rabbinic direction nor approval, noting that he passed up an earlier opportunity to kill Rabin at an event with sparse security.'
Despite IPS appeals to the television stations not to air the full interview, the stations planned to air the complete interview in the weekend news.
But an outcry across the political spectrum convinced Channel 2 to cancel Friday night's the broadcast.
Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Israel National News