The Netzach Yehudi soldier who was one of the soldiers from the unit imprisoned for beating a Bedouin man, has been released from prison. This refers to the soldiers imprisoned after getting into an altercation in a gas station in S. Israel. The soldiers explained the Bedouins were the ones who started the altercation, but their explanation was ignored, and they were sent to prison.
The soldier was released after serving 35 days in a military prison. His attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, rejected the plea bargain offered which called for the soldier being tried together with his colleagues and sentenced to 52 days imprisonment.
In the negotiations with the president of the military court, Colonel Wahabi, the sides reached agreement which included erasing the most serious counts in the indictment against the soldier. The soldier admitted he chambered a bullet in his weapon, a violation, and was punished for that and his rank lowered from corporal to private. He was sent to 38 days imprisonment and ultimately released on Tuesday.
Ben-Gvir decried the process, explaining “The person who screamed ‘I’m going to stab you’ remains free while the soldiers remain imprisoned.”
He added it was most unfortunate that the IDF is quick to abandon its own soldiers, harming them, and even if the soldier chambered his weapon without authorization, this was a violation demanding disciplinary action and not a criminal trial.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)