Netanyahu Signs Petition to Rivlin Asking Pardon for Azaria

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Elor Azaria arriving at the Army Jail in Tzrifin on August 9, to begin his sentence. (Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu added his signature on Monday to a petition to President Reuven Rivlin asking him to reconsider a pardon request from Elor Azaria, the soldier convicted of manslaughter for killing a disarmed terrorist.

The petition, organized by former MK Sharon Gal on behalf of Azaria’s family, was also signed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and dozens of others.

Pres. Rivlin’s decision last week to reject the request touched off a wave of criticism and abuse of the president. Senior government officials, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Culture Minister Miri Regev, were among the most prominent critics, though they condemned incitement against Pres. Rivlin, which included a picture of him wearing a keffiya that was circulated on social media.