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Rabin Assassin’s Friend Regretful

February 27, 1998

JERUSALEM (AP) _ A friend of Yitzhak Rabin’s killer, on trial for failing to report the assassination plot, apologized Friday for calling the prime minister a traitor and praying for his death.

Margalit Har-Shefi, 22, has pleaded innocent to the charges, saying she overheard Yigal Amir talk about killing Rabin but didn’t go to police because she didn’t think he was serious.

Testifying for more than four hours before a Tel Aviv magistrate’s court, Har-Shefi acknowledged she told police interrogators Rabin was a traitor and had prayed for him to have a heart attack and die.

She said she regretted those statements and that the murder was ``a black stain on Israel,″ Israel radio and Israel army radio reported.

Har-Shefi said she told the rabbi at the West Bank settlement of Beit El, where she lived, about Amir’s statements, and the rabbi told her such talk was nonsense because Jews are prohibited from killing other Jews, the radio reports said.

Amir, 27, is serving a life sentence for the November 1995 assassination of Rabin at a Tel Aviv peace rally. Newspaper reports have said Amir was infatuated with Har-Shefi and may have been trying to impress her by killing the prime minister.

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