Immediate Release & Pardon of Sgt. Elor Azaria
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As a former IDF soldier in the Golani Brigade, I am afraid for the safety of Israeli Citizens (and by extension American citizens and American interests in the region as well). I am afraid of the message this sends to young Israeli soldiers who are conscripted into the IDF at 18 years old. The message this verdict sends to these young, brave soldiers is "you can be convicted of a crime and go to jail for defending your country and killing a confirmed terrorist." It has been statistically proven that law enforcement and soldiers think twice before shooting if there is even a remote possibility their actions could be construed illegal (look at the crime rate in Chicago as a result of the “Ferguson Effect”). Israel needs to end "political correctness" and worry about protecting Israeli citizens and soldiers. Although I would NOT have acted in this manner, I fully comprehend the complexity of a "wartime scenario" and the raw emotions of seeing your brother-in-arms nearly killed by a TERRORIST. The justice system has spoken, but it is time for the Israeli leadership to send a clear message to our soldiers "WE HAVE YOUR BACK."
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