Rivlin to pardon convicted soldier on Independence Day

President Rivlin considers whether to pardon convicted IDF soldier Elor Azariya on Israel's 70th birthday.Reut Hadar, 12/15/2017, 9:24 AM

Israelis back presidential pardon for Elor Azariya

By double-digit margin, Israelis favor presidential pardon for Elor Azariya. Israelis also back Hotovely following controversial comments.David Rosenberg, 12/11/2017, 10:29 AM

Knesset considers 'Elor Azariya Law'

Bill would shield soldiers from criminal prosecution for actions taken in the line of duty, in wake of Elor Azariya's conviction.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/10/2017, 6:15 PM

Netanyahu signs petition calling for amnesty for Elor Azariya

PM joins petitioners calling on President Rivlin to reconsider refusal to pardon soldier convicted for shooting wounded terrorist.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/27/2017, 7:41 PM

'Leadership isn't measured in social media likes'

Former Defense Minister Ya'alon says "leadership is not about 'likes' - it's about what you are willing to sacrifice for."Orly Harari, 11/25/2017, 10:05 PM

Jewish Home MK: Most Israelis want convicted soldier pardoned

MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli calls on President Rivlin to reconsider his refusal to pardon convicted IDF soldier Elor Azariya.Benny Tucker, 11/25/2017, 8:10 PM

'Should we pamper those who try to kill us?'

Activist Baruch Marzel convinced that Israel 'deteriorating' after Azariya trial. 'Soldiers don't finish the job, terrorists get pampered.'Hezki Baruch, 11/21/2017, 9:27 AM

Likud minister: Picture of Rivlin is despicable, but not a crime

Public Security Minister Erdan says picture of President Rivlin in kaffiyeh is 'despicable,' but no reason for police to open investigation.Shlomo Pyutrikovsky, 11/20/2017, 1:43 PM

Photo of President Rivlin in kaffiyeh sparks probe

President Rivlin cancels olive harvest event as police investigate a picture of Rivlin in kaffiyeh disseminated on social media.AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/20/2017, 1:14 PM

'Legitimate criticism is not incitement'

Likud ministers discuss Israeli public's criticism of President Rivlin's refusal to pardon convicted IDF soldier.Chana Roberts, 11/20/2017, 10:42 AM

'I felt like they marked my forehead'

Religious youth say they were asked problematic questions during their personal interview at the IDF draft office.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/20/2017, 9:46 AM

'The president could've put an end to the agony'

Family of Elor Azariya disappointed by Rivlin’s decision to deny him a presidential pardon.Yoni Kempinski, 11/20/2017, 5:16 AM

Liberman 'saddened' that president failed to pardon Elor Azariya

Defense Minister had backed former Sgt. Elor Azariya's request for clemency, says president's failure to issue pardon a missed opportunity.David Rosenberg, 11/19/2017, 10:08 PM

Elor Azariya's pardon request - rejected

President Reuven Rivlin turns down former IDF Sargent Elor Azariya's request for clemency for shooting death of Arab terrorist.David Rosenberg, 11/19/2017, 5:40 PM

'We have to stop discussing Elor Azariya'

Defense Minister Liberman says he and IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot respect each other but don't agree on whether to pardon convicted soldier.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/9/2017, 2:21 PM

'I hope President Rivlin pardons Azariya'

Transportation Minister Katz says he hopes President Rivlin pardons IDF soldier Elor Azariya, IDF officials' opposition is 'insignificant.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/6/2017, 10:32 AM

IDF Chief of Staff opposes Azariya's pardon request

IDF leaders recommend president not pardon soldier convicted for shooting wounded terrorist.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/5/2017, 10:21 PM

Liberman to President: Pardon Azariya

Defense Minister asks President Rivlin to 'consider public interest in this unique case, and the need to heal rifts in society.'Mordechai Sones, 11/5/2017, 12:06 PM

Elor Azariya's mother to President: I want my son back

Mother of soldier convicted of shooting wounded terrorist begs president to pardon her son.Gary Willig, 11/3/2017, 11:00 AM

'I'm certain the president will free Azariya'

Transportation Minister says he is certain President Rivlin will grant pardon to jailed IDF soldier.Hezki Baruch, 10/20/2017, 1:52 PM

Elor Azariya asks President Rivlin for a full pardon

Soldier convicted in shooting death of terrorist asks President Rivlin for pardon after Chief of Staff cut Azariya’s sentence to 14 months.Tzvi Lev, 10/19/2017, 8:10 PM

Azariya thanks Chief of Staff for reduced sentence

'I will continue to serve my sentence with head held high, and will pray to the Creator that I return home quickly to my family.'Reut Hadar, 9/27/2017, 4:16 PM

Elor Azariya released for Rosh Hashanah

In unusual move, soldier convicted for shooting wounded terrorist to spend holiday with his family, then return to prison.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/19/2017, 6:46 PM

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, 9/10/2017, 2:12 PM

'If the Chief of Staff won't support Elor, we will'

Initiator of fundraising project hopes outpouring of support sends clear message to IDF. 'We wanted to compensate Elor, and give him a hug.'Benny Tocker, 9/6/2017, 8:41 PM

Israelis raise money for imprisoned former soldier

A group of Israelis has raised 220,000 shekels for Elor Azariya, who is serving a prison sentence, and his family.Ido Ben Porat, 9/5/2017, 3:07 AM

Elor Azariya's next battle

Since Azariya did not technically complete his full army service, he is not automatically eligible for his release grant.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/13/2017, 7:55 AM

'People close to Azariya torpedoed his pardon'

Leading activist in campaign to free Elor Azariya says deal to pardon soldier was close but ultimately shelved in a fight over credit.Eliran Aharon, 8/10/2017, 9:41 PM

'I am proud of my son'

Elor Azariya's parents speak about their painful feelings following their son's entry into military prison this morning.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/9/2017, 9:43 PM

A sad day for the IDF, a happy day for the Arab enemy

Dozens of Israelis accompany convicted IDF soldier Elor Azariya from his Ramle home to his prison cell.Eliran Aharon, 8/9/2017, 9:31 AM

Watch: Azariya celebrates before entering prison

Former IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya celebrates his mother's birthday before he begins to serve his 18-month prison sentence.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/8/2017, 11:37 PM

Elor Azariya to enter prison tomorrow

Court rejects request to delay prison term in light of appeal to IDF Chief of Staff for leniency.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/8/2017, 6:03 PM

Will IDF court delay Azariya's prison term?

Army court hearts request by former IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya to delay his prison sentence while Chief of Staff weighs sentence reduction.Shlomo Pyutrikovsky, 8/8/2017, 9:39 AM

Will Azariya's prison term be postponed?

Appeals court to hear Elor Azariya's request to delay his entry into prison in light of appeal to IDF Chief of Staff for Amnesty,Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/7/2017, 9:15 PM

'What is the rush to put him in prison?'

Rabbi Ze'ev Sharon said that the IDF prosecutors' decision to oppose Elor Azariya's appeal hurts army morale.Shimon Cohen, 8/7/2017, 3:15 PM

The quality of mercy

The Shmuz on the parsha.Rabbi BenZion Shafier, 8/7/2017, 3:04 PM

The world couldn't care less about the Azariya case outcome

The Azariya case, unlike similar cases in the past, was brought to the world stage on the basis of Israel caring about what the world thinks. Leonie Ben-Simon, 8/7/2017, 12:44 PM

Prosecuters demand Azariya begin prison sentence immediately

Army prosecutors urge court to reject Azariya's request to delay his entry to prison. Former IDF Sgt. scheduled to enter prison Wednesday.Uzi Baruch, Tzvi Lev, 8/7/2017, 9:23 AM

'The right-wing is more than just Netanyahu'

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon calls on Likud voters to abandon Prime Minister Netanyahu. 'The right is more then one person.'Tzvi Lev, 8/6/2017, 3:54 PM

Azariya seeks to delay beginning of jail term

Soldier Elor Azariya seeks to delay jail term until Chief of Staff decides on request for leniency.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/6/2017, 2:16 PM

'You can't run a country this way'

Justice Minister Shaked: Interrogations can be a tool for killing someone's political career. Let prime minister do his job.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/5/2017, 9:53 PM

'Elor and his family are on the right road'

Head of National Union party who mediated between Azariya family and IDF says decision not to go to Supreme Court is the right one.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/3/2017, 6:59 PM

Elor Azariya rules out Supreme Court appeal

Former IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya decides against appealing IDF court's ruling, sends request to Chief of Staff asking for reduction of sentence.Kobi Finkler, 8/3/2017, 4:33 PM

Radio station fined over Azariya attorney's comments

Yoram Sheftel's history of making inflammatory statements led a regulatory board to fine radio station that hosts his show.Tzvi Lev, 8/3/2017, 3:49 PM

'Sheftel despicable, but he has a right to speak'

Zionist Union MK blasts attempts by Meretz to muzzle firebrand attorney though petition to Supreme Court.Ido Ben Porat, Tzvi Lev, 8/1/2017, 3:14 PM

Meretz: Remove Azariya attorney's show from the air

Meretz party appeals to Supreme Court, calling for attorney Yoram Sheftel's show to be taken off the air, claiming he promotes incitement.Tzvi Lev, 8/1/2017, 1:41 PM

The precondition Azariya must fulfill to be pardoned

IDF officer says only Elor Azariya can ask for leniency amid politicians' calls for a pardon.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/31/2017, 10:29 PM

'Without the nation of Israel, we would not have survived'

Elor Azariya's father warns severe consequences if IDF soldiers can't shoot terrorists, thanks Israeli public for outpouring of support.Ido Ben Porat, 7/31/2017, 3:15 PM

Azariya attorney: Chief of Staff too fat to be a soldier

Azariya defense attorney Yoram Sheftel blasts IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot: 'Someone that overweight doesn't project image of a soldier'.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/31/2017, 12:28 PM

'It's up to Azariya to decide whether to appeal decision'

Journalist, ex-MK Sharon Gal says that only former IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya will decide whether to appeal Sunday's verdict to Supreme Court.Tzvi Lev, 7/31/2017, 10:58 AM

'We heard Eizenkot but we're going to the Supreme Court'

Despite Chief of Staff's statement, family of Elor Azariya intent on appealing his sentence to the Supreme Court.Yoni Kempinski, 7/31/2017, 12:05 AM

'We will consider request for leniency for Azariya'

Gen. Gadi Eisenkot says military court held fair trial for Elor Azariya, will give serious consideration to request for sentence reduction.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/30/2017, 9:15 PM

'Thank you to all the sane people who supported us'

Father of convicted soldier: '90% of Israel knows Elor is innocent of all wrongdoing.'Yoni Kempinski, 7/30/2017, 7:44 PM

'The terrorists are laughing at us, its an embarassment'

Azariya's mother rips judges after appeal rejected. Court rules he will enter jail in 10 days, but his lawyers will appeal to Supreme Court.Yoni Kempinski, 7/30/2017, 6:42 PM

Netanyahu calls for pardoning Elor Azariya

Israeli politicians respond to rejection of Azariya appeal, call for family to seek pardon rather than pursue further appeals.Gary Willig, 7/30/2017, 5:30 PM

Court rejects Azariya's appeal

IDF court of appeals rules against former Sgt. Elor Azariya, rejects appeal of his conviction, leaves 18-month sentence in place.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/30/2017, 3:42 PM

Attorney: Confirming killing was standard operating procedure

Azariya's attorney speaks with journalists at court, quotes description of killing confirmation after 2002 terrorist attack.Mordechai Sones, 7/30/2017, 1:42 PM