An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in a high-profile case has been jailed for 18 months.
Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting dead 21-year-old Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in the occupied West Bank, last March. Azaria had told a colleague that Sharif, who had stabbed another soldier, “deserved to die”.
So let’s get it right.
A terrorist stabs another soldier, gets gunned down, then finished off and that’s wrong? I call that simple payback for the harm inflicted on one of his team. You also need to bear in mind that it occurred during 5 months of attacks by Palestinians that had killed 29 Israelis.
Yet Israel was split about this.
On one side you’ve got the “Good for him”, and on the other it sounds like the same ‘bleeding heart wasters” and “military brass” that abounds in the UK.
In the end the sergeant gets thrown to the legal wolves.
Hopefully Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will quietly step in and release him.
I would as failure to do so may result in a hesitation in other troops rather like in the UK.
Here, where many are leaving, some citing spurious legal action for events that happened in the field against the same type of terrorists.