Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotevely did not wait for the IDF Court of Appeals to rule in the case of Elor Azariya, but sent a request for a presidential pardon to President Reuven Rivlin on 25 Shevat.
She points out that a matter which was personal, has become a national issue and the young soldier was engulfed in a period of terror attacks and his case touches the hearts of one and all. She explains the case has obviously aroused the feelings of many around the country, as is evident by the national sentiment and there are “calls from the left and right to pardon him”.
She refers President Rivlin to the Number 300 bus affair in 1984 as a precedent setting case.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)