Bibi: Pardon soldier who shot downed Palestinian

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday called for a pardon for Israeli soldier, Elor Azaria, pictured in court this Wednesday. Azaria shot a neutralised terrorist in Hebron almost a year ago and was this week was found guilty of manslaughter.
by ANT KATZ with JTA | Jan 05, 2017

“This is a difficult and painful day for all of us – and first and foremost for Elor and his family, for IDF soldiers, for many soldiers and for the parents of our soldiers, and me among them,” Netanyahu said in a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter.

The statement added: “I urge all citizens to act responsibly toward the IDF, the officers, and the IDF chief. We have one army, which is the basis of our existence. The soldiers of the IDF are our sons and daughters, and they need to remain above dispute.

“I support a pardon for Elor Azaria,” the Prime Minister’s statement concluded.

Netanyahu joins many lawmakers in calling for a pardon for Azaria, including at least one member of the opposition.

President Reuven Rivlin’s office, however, issued a statement saying that “requests for pardons are dealt with when submitted by the applicant themselves, or by one with power of attorney, or an immediate relative, following a conclusive judicial ruling.”

The Rivlin statement appears to have been issued following the calls from lawmakers and reports that at least one lawmaker had requested a pardon. It said a properly submitted pardon request “will be considered by the President in accordance with standard practices and after recommendations from the relevant authorities.”

Azaria, a medic in the elite Kfir Brigade, arrived on the scene following a Palestinian stabbing attack last March on soldiers in Hebron in the West Bank, a flashpoint for Palestinian violence against Jewish Israelis.

One assailant was killed and another, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, was injured. Minutes later, while Sharif was lying on the ground, Azaria shot him in the head in a scene that was captured on video by a local resident for the Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem. Azaria was arrested the same day and indicted nearly a month later. Autopsy reports showed that the shots by Azaria killed Sharif.

Prior to shooting Sharif, Azaria had cared for a stabbed soldier.


  1. 2 Gary Selikow 06 Jan
    For accuracy your headline should read 'Bibi: Pardon soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist stabber' . Otherwise it is the misleading journalism of the likes of  BBC, CNN,Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Independent. the Guardian,  The Star , the Mail and Guardian, New Age etc

    Hi Gary - I'm afraid we neither have the will to break sound journalistic principles by manipulating readers' objectivity (brainwashing) which have also clearly been applied by the other media you quote; nor the space to have even added as much as another character as you can see.
    Our story, as I am sure the other media you mention, included the facts in the story, as it should be, and not the headline. If space allowed... "
    whom Judges had found guilty" ...may have been better journalistic parlance     -MODERATOR
  2. 1 nat cheiman 07 Jan
    The soldier, Elor Azaria, should be pardoned. He did the job of an executioner, which, in reality, is painful, and not an easy thing to do. That said, many lives were spared from the hand of this terrorist ( Sharif) by Azaria's actions. B'Tselem ought to be ashamed of their actions, in "informing "on a fellow Jew, notwithstanding the alleged impropriety of the soldiers actions.


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