Netanyahu Backs Pardon for Hebron Soldier Convicted for Killing Allegedly Neutralized Terrorist

Elor Azaria
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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening said he backs calls to pardon an IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead an incapacitated Palestinian assailant, and described the conclusion of the months-long trial as “a hard and painful day.

The Jaffa Military court earlier Wednesday convicted Sgt. Elor Azaria, 19, for shooting dead an incapacitated Palestinian who minutes before had stabbed two other soldiers.  The trial deeply divided the country, with politicians and current and former army generals alternately supporting or condemning Azaria’s actions.

Politicians from across the political spectrum responded to the verdict by calling for a presidential pardon to prevent Azaria serving jail time.

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