Amir testifies for the first time

"It was clear from Jewish law that din rodef' applied to the prime minister," Amir reportedly testified, referring to a ritual command to kill anyone who intends to cause the death of Jews.

"I know Jewish law and din rodef means that if you've tried everything else and nothing works, then you have to kill him," Amir told the court.

Amir's testimony in court Monday came after psychiatrists who examined him concluded that he was fit to stand trial. He was found to be mentally competent and sound.