Elor Azaria Likely to Be Temporarily Released to House Arrest

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist, is to be released to house arrest, a military court ruled Monday.

Azaria appealed his conviction in March, and sentencing on the issue is slated for next week. Azaria does not have to report to prison until his appeals are exhausted. It also led to strong statements across the Israeli political spectrum, with some politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for him to be pardoned, while others decried the fact that Azaria was prosecuted on a charge of manslaughter rather than murder.

He was immediately released from his base holding cell to house arrest, until the appeal of his case is ended. The terrorist had, minutes before, attacked and stabbed two Israeli soldiers in Hebron.

Azaria was convicted of manslaughter this past January in the March 24, 2016 death of the terrorist he shot and killed.

Azaria then shot him in the head without any apparent provocation.

Azaria will be allowed to leave his parents' home in Ramle only to attend synagogue prayers and accompanied by his parents. Azaria claimed he was afraid he could still be a danger or may have had a bomb attached. However, he is expected to be discharged from the IDF on Thursday as his three years of mandatory service come to an end, necessitating that new arrangements be made for the remaining time until the appeals are settled.

The divisive case has revealed deep rifts in Israeli society, with some seeing Azaria as a hero and others as a criminal.

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