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Elor Azaria convicted of manslaughter

Elor Azaria convicted of manslaughter”

Unfortunately, Barack Obama's administration has different ideas about Israel's policies and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

However, as the verdict was announced, Avigdor Lieberman said the ruling should be respected. Two people were arrested when protesters attempted to block Kaplan Street, a main avenue running outside the compound. While Mr Sharif lay on the ground, Sgt. Azaria shot him in the head.

Sgt Elor Azaria, now 20, shot Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in the head while he was apparently incapacitated in Hebron, in the West Bank, last March. Scuffles erupted outside the courtroom between Azaria's supporters and police officers while the court read out its decision for almost an hour and half. She said she would push for Azaria to be pardoned.

One of the attackers was shot dead by troops.

Both Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas both say they are open to the idea of bilateral talks but continue to blame each other for the lack of progress in the moribund peace process.

The judges noted that Azaria's company and battalion commanders had testified that he did not mention the same concerns when they questioned him immediately after the shooting incident. "Azaria's shooting was unjustified".

She said the fact that the man on the ground was a terrorist did not justify such a disproportionate response. On the day of the shooting, Netanyahu condemned it; but later backtracked and said the soldier's actions must be examined in light of the operational circumstances - and even considered inviting Azaria's parents to the Prime Minister's Residence.

Azaria's extended family and his lawyers gathered in a tent outside the courtroom ahead of the verdict.

They danced and cheered, shouting, "Our soldier, the hero".

"We have one army, which is the basis of our existence".

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"I support pardoning Elor Azaria", he concluded.

The Azaria family distanced themselves from the incitement.

And would likely have slipped away quietly except for the video, filmed by a Palestinian volunteer from the Israeli human rights organization Btselem and distributed to the press.

The case was an explosive one, pitting those who saw Azaria's actions as proof of growing extremism in Israeli society, against those who said he acted in self-defense or was right to kill someone who had just attacked Israelis.

Since his April 18 indictment, media attention has been intense, focusing on the testimony provided by fellow IDF soldiers and officers throughout the trial.

The conviction has polarised Israel and sparked a fierce campaign in support of Azaria.

"He is not our child. On the other hand, it is necessary to support our soldiers in the field who are risking their lives in the face of murderous terrorism", Bennett said. "We can not be confused about this".

Polls suggest the Israeli public backs the soldier.

The army's live-fire rules in the West Bank, he said, "have not changed in a decade".

Shortly after the shooting, the Palestinian leadership demanded the United Nations investigate what rights groups have called Israel's "extrajudicial killings".



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