Riding the bullet
March 9, 2017 19:31
The case of Elor Azaria, the combat medic, who killed a wounded terrorist, has fed on social alienation and its ricochets have tightened a populist siege on Netanyahu.
Elor Azaria sits to hear his verdict in a military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 4, 2017.
HIS CRIME was not Lt. William Calley’s, and his punishment is not that of Sgt. Breaker Morant, but Sgt. Elor Azaria’s sin and verdict echoed both war criminals’ path to celebrity as the infantryman journeyed from anonymity via courtroom drama and public tempest to an anticlimactic 18 months in jail.A bashful looking combat medic with a crewcut, Azaria committed nothing quite like the Mai Lai Massacre, in which platoon commander Calley was convicted for murdering 22 of at least 347 unarmed Vietnamese civilians slain by US troops in one day in the winter of 1968.