Elor Azaria. (photo credit:AVSHALOM SASSONI)
JPost By: Yaakov Lappin
Trial of Elor Azaria reflects decades-long dilemmas faced by young Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.
Legal proceedings against members of the IDF are dominating the headlines, with each case touching – in very different ways – raw national nerves.
Minute-by-minute media coverage of the trial of Kfir infantry soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria, accused of illegally shooting dead a downed Palestinian knife attacker in Hebron on March 24, topped the Israeli news agenda again on Sunday, with some members of the public complaining of exaggerated coverage.
Azaria claims he acted to neutralize a potential imminent threat, and that he was concerned that the attacker, who had stabbed soldiers before being shot and wounded, was still armed with a suicide bomb. His commanders say he blatantly violated the rules of engagement, and the resulting court martial trial has torn the country apart.