Netanyahu says he favors pardon for Hebron shooter Elor Azaria

February 23, 2017 10:15

SYDNEY - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he remained in favor of a pardon for recently-sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria, saying that the “problem” was not the 18-month sentence for manslaughter of a subdued Palestinian attacker in March 2015, but rather the “circumstances” that created the incident.

Netanyahu told reporters it  was necessary to take into consideration the difficult circumstances young soldiers are thrust into during a wave of terrorism when they have to make extremely difficult decisions. His concern, he said, is that the next soldier might feel threatened, and not know “where the limits are.”

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