Tens of thousands of Israelis have already signed a petition to present an award to the IDF soldier who shot and killed the wounded Hebron terrorist in Hebron on Purim morning.
The soldier was imprisoned after a B’Tselem activist videoed him shooting the terrorist who was on the ground in his head. An investigation into the incident is underway.
The online petition, on Sunday morning 17 Adar-II already had over 35,000 signatures. The petition was initiated by IDF Major (reserves) Ron Levi, who is also a member of the Likud party Central Committee. He is directing the petition to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott, who were all very quick to publically condemn the soldier’s actions before a probe was even launched.
The dati leumi Srugim website reports the soldier’s father has already received death threats and police have been notified.
Bayit Yehudi party leader Education Minister Naftali Bennett calls for standing behind the solider pending the outcome of a probe into the shooting. Justice Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Ayelet Shaked also criticized those government officials who do not have a problem condemning the soldier before the probe into the shooting was launched.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)