THE SMOOTH ASSASSIN

THE COUNTRY ASKS IF A RABBI APPROVED AMIR'S ACT, AND SUSPECTS RESIST POLICE EFFORTS TO MAKE THEM TALK

TAK. TAK. TAK. UNDER EERIE YELLOW strobe lights at 3 a.m. in Tel Aviv's newly named Yitzhak Rabin Square, Yigal Amir again fired a pistol at a victim less than a yard away. This time the gun was a toy and the Prime Minister, whom Amir assassinated on the same spot 12 days before, was played by a policeman. Amir wore a white bulletproof vest, and a chain around his waist yoked him to police escorts while he coolly re-enacted the killing for official video cameras. "Murderer, die! Maniac! You piece of garbage!" shouted Israelis from behind the barricades.

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