After the Chief of General Staff shortened his sentence, Elor Azaria will also seek a presidential pardon. “Our enemies are hungry for Jewish blood,” Azaria said. “That is the reality.”


Azaria Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

As reported earlier by JOL, after Elor Azaria was convicted of killing a neutralized terrorist, IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot shortened his sentence by 4 months.

Today (Wednesday), however, Azaria’s attorney Yoram Sheftel stated that they will also seek a presidential pardon. “I want to congratulate Eizenkot for not being frightened by the Supreme Court,” Sheftel said in an interview. “Although it wasn’t what we were hoping for, more than 20 percent of his sentence was reduced…I believe that the prison commander will also shorten his sentence by half after the president gives his pardon.”

Shortened sentence by 4 months

Shortened sentence by 4 months Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Earlier today, Azaria’s family came to visit him in prison and told him about Eizenkot’s decision. “I thank the Chief of Staff for shortening my sentence,” he said. “I want to clarify that I acted out of a sense of danger against a terrorist who came to murder.”

“We are compassionate, sanctify life and pursue peace,” Azaria stated in response to yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack. “And our enemies are hungry for Jewish blood- that is the reality. I will continue to serve my sentence with my head held high…Again, I thank the people of Israel for their support.”