Chief of Staff to decide whether to shorten Azariya's sentence

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot will soon decide whether to shorten the jail sentence of convicted soldier Elor Azariya.

Tzvi Lev,

Elor Azariah enters jail
Elor Azariah enters jail
Eliran Aharon

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot is expected to consider shortening Elor Azariya's prison sentence, Channel 2 reported. The soldier started serving his 18-month prison sentence in early August, after being convicted for manslaughter for killing a wounded Arab terrorist in March 2016.

According to the report, Eizenkot is expected to slash several months off Azaria's sentence, but will not allow his immediate release.

Eizenkot had said that he would consider reducing Azaria's sentence soon after the army court rejected his appeal to void his manslaughter conviction in July. "If Sgt. (res) Azariya chooses to submit a request for leniency in his sentence, it will be considered seriously, while examining all the relevant considerations and out of my sole obligation to the IDF's values and soldiers" the Chief of Staff had said.

Azariya had chosen not to appeal his sentence to the Supreme Court, in what many attributed to a quiet understanding reached with the IDF. Anonymous high-level IDF officers had hinted that Eizenkot would dramatically shorten Azariya's jail time if he would choose not to appeal to the High Court, and end the whole saga that has gripped Israel since he killed the terrorist in 2016.