Lieberman urges Rivlin to pardon soldier who killed wounded Palestinian

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman is urging Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to pardon Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot dead a wounded Palestinian youth in Hebron last year. “We must put an end to the affair that shook Israeli society, and at this time show leniency and mercy to the soldier,” “Mr President, few are the affairs in which the matters of one person mirror the entire Israeli society like the case before us. Israeli society faced a test in this affair that demonstrates, perhaps more than any other incident in recent years, the rifts and divisions among it,” he added.
 
He continued: “I was among the many who believed that in light of the circumstances, it was unsuitable to charge the soldier with a criminal offence. This case is about an excelling soldier and a terrorist who had the intention to kill.”
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