Azaria will need to express sincere regret before lighter sentence is considered

According to a high-ranking IDF officer, Elor Azaria will need to sincerely and genuinely express regret over his actions in order to possibly receive a lighter sentence. “The only person that the IDF chief of staff will listen to is Sergeant (res.) Elor Azaria, who will write his request for a lighter sentence from Prison 4,” he said.
The Azaria family, yesterday Photo Credit: Tomer Appelbaum/Channel 2 News

A senior level IDF official stated on Monday that the precondition for possibly reducing Elor Azaria’s sentence is that he sincerely and genuinely express regret. “If someone thinks that a [Facebook] post or news articles or even a petition will have an impact and make the IDF chief of staff even blink an eye, he is mistaken,” he said. “The only person that the IDF chief of staff will listen to is Sergeant (res.) Elor Azaria, who will write his request for a lighter sentence from Prison 4.”

Former MK Sharon Gal, who is a friend of the Azaria family, stated earlier today that the former IDF soldier is the one who will decide how to continue from here and whether the defense will file an appeal with the Israeli Supreme Court. “I trust that he will make the right decision,” Gal told Army Radio’s Niv Ruskin. “The family is together and trying to deal with the ruling. I talked with Elor for a long time yesterday. In the end, it will be his decision. He understands that he has options and I trust his instincts.”

Gal said that the family wants this chapter of their life to come to an end so that they can move on. However, Azaria continues to claim that he is innocent. “He is having trouble accepting the manslaughter charge and also the sentence,” Gal added. “At the end of the day, courage is needed to make a decision.”

As reported yesterday by JOL, a military court ruled to reject Elor Azaria’s appeal. The court’s ruling sparked a wave of responses within Israel’s political system. “I’ll give my recommendations for a pardon to the relevant people,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post.



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