PM Netanyahu, MKs signs petition calling for amnesty for hero soldier Elor Azaria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined a list of MKs in signing a letter appealing to President Reuven Rivlin to reconsider pardoning former soldier Elor Azaria, convicted of manslaughter for shooting a Muslim terrorist and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In addition to the prime minister, Ministers Avigdor Lieberman, Ayelet Shaked, Ze’ev Elkin and Haim Katz signed the letter as well.

PM Netanyahu, MKs signs petition calling for amnesty for hero soldier Elor Azaria

Sources within the President’s Residence responded they had yet to receive the letter and vowed it would be given the appropriate reply once reviewed. However, the sources said, “Requests for pardons are only accepted from the person in question, their attorneys or first degree relatives.”

“In addition, it’s important to remember that according to long-standing policy on pardons, an additional request for pardon may only be made six months after the president’s decision on the previous request, unless a significant change in circumstances occurred,” the sources clarified.

President Rivlin rejected Azaria’s pardon request last week.