In a letter they sent to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday, the parents of Hebron shooter Elor Azaria asked that their son’s clemency request be reconsidered in light of the petition that was signed recently by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other ministers and MKs. Rivlin’s office stated in response to the report that “a renewed plea for clemency can only be submitted after six months has passed.”
Rivlin and Azaria Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/POOL
The parents of Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for shooting and killing a neutralized Palestinian terrorist, contacted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday and asked that he reevaluate their son’s clemency plea. In their request, the parents mentioned the petition calling on Rivlin to reconsider his refusal to pardon their son, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens of MKs and ministers signed.
“About a month after the decision regarding the clemency request, Netanyahu and dozens of MKs (a total of 55), including Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, signed a petition to reconsider pardoning my client,” the request to Rivlin read. “We believe that in this petition, signed by the prime minister, ministers (and especially the defense minister) and MKs, there are special circumstances that justify taking another look at the clemency request.”
The president’s office confirmed Sunday that it has received the request from Azaria’s parents. “It’s important to remember that in accordance with the policy implemented for dealing with pardons over the years, a renewed plea for clemency can only be submitted after six months has passed from the day that the president’s decision regarding the convict’s previous request was made unless there has been a considerable change in the circumstances of the request,” Rivlin’s office added.