President Rivlin Denies New Clemency Request for Elor Azaria

YERUSHALAYIM -
Chevron Shooter, Case, Appeal
Elor Azaria in a military court in Jaffa. (Flash90)

President Reuven Rivlin said that he won’t consider reducing Elor Azaria’s 14-month sentence, responding to a new request by Azaria’s parents submitted to the President’s Residence on Sunday.

The parents of the former IDF soldier appealed to President Rivlin once again asking him to reconsider his decision and give a presidential pardon.

Charlie and Oshra Azaria sent the request Sunday, which also bears the names of 55 MKs and ministers backing the request, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Former IDF Sergeant Azaria was convicted of manslaughter in January for the shooting of a wounded Arab terrorist after an attack in Chevron on Purim of 2016 that left one soldier wounded.

In February, an IDF court sentenced Azaria to 18 months in prison, a ruling that was upheld by the IDF Appeals Court in July.

In September, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot cut four months off Azariya’s sentence.

A month later, Azariya submitted an appeal to President Rivlin asking for a presidential pardon, which he denied, stating that any additional leniency in the case “would harm the resilience to the IDF and the State of Israel.”

Nevertheless, on Sunday the Azarias submitted another request on their son’s behalf, urging the president to reconsider his earlier decision. They asked the president to reconsider his previous refusal to commute Azaria’s sentence, “in light of the request of the prime minister, ministers and MKs, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.”

Despite all that, Rivlin turned down the request.