Sat. Jan 7, 2017 Israel News

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  • Former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says politicians and the public were brainwashed by the Elor Azaria affair in an exclusive interview with Channel 2 News
  • Deputy Defense Minister moves to give soldiers complete immunity on activities before or during military operations
  • Rally for solidarity in support of Chief of Staff Eizenkot at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv

In an exclusive interview with Channel 2 News, Former Defense Moshe Yaalon harshly criticizes what he calls the brainwashing of politicians and the public against the IDF Chief of Staff and himself. He says that the Elor Azaria affair was investigated in depth on the same day the events transpired, that Azaria was given a high ranking military defense lawyer and that the facts were clear.  He also criticized remarks made by Netanyahu who called for pardoning Azaria. Yaalon stands behind his previous statements that the Azaria family were the victims of politicians who were after seats in the Knesset.  

A spontaneous rally took place at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday night calling for solidarity among the citizens of Israel and support for the IDF Chief of Staff in light of the rift in the country caused by the Elor Azaria affair. Ziv Shilon, an IDF soldier who lost a hand during the operations in Gaza in 2012, decided that it was time to put a stop to the bad feelings the Azaria affair stirred up and put a post on his Facebook page calling the citizens of Israel to come to show their support. Among those at the rally were the Frenkel, Yifrach and Sha'ar families who lost their sons to terror.

In light of the Elor Azaria affair, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan moves to give complete immunity to soldiers before and during military operations.

The ongoing criminal investigation into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has prompted prominent members of the opposition to speak out on Saturday, questioning the prime minister's conduct. Police questioned the prime minister twice during the course of the week on suspicion of receiving illegal gifts from businessmen. Netanyahu continues to deny any allegations accusing him of accepting gifts in a manner that breached his duty of trust as the country's highest elected official.

And finally, amidst the deep public divide over the Azaria affair, Finance Minister Moshe Kachlon condemns the attacks on IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot for his handling of the events, but says he personally is in favor of pardoning the soldier.

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