Elor Azaria
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Veteran Israeli journalist Ben Dror Yemini says the assumption that Israel was weakened by last week's escalation in the Gaza Strip is wrong.

"If there had been a 10-day operation and 50,000 Palestinians would have been killed in Gaza, they would still have been celebrating - because they have a culture of death. Unfortunately, according to radical jihad, this advances their cause. Despite the destruction and devastation, they celebrate," Yemini said in an interview with Arutz Sheva.

According to him, a clear Israeli plan must be formulated regarding the conduct of the Gaza Strip. "There is no real political plan for Gaza, and it is not certain that Hamas will agree to anything, but Israel has to be the initiator, and if they refuse, our situation will only be better."

Ben Dror Yemini also discussed the Elor Azariya affair - and criticized the conduct of Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot.

"I do not accept what Azariya did, but I do not accept Eisenkot's statement that he is not our child," Yemini explains.

He added that "Elor is our child, even if he was wrong, he is also a sinner and a criminal, and we have to condemn this act and to clarify this is our kid - we brought him into these circumstances that cause these situations - and this the chief of staff did not say and I regret so."

In March 2016, Azariya opened fire on a wounded Arab terrorist minutes after a stabbing attack in Hevron. The terrorist was killed, and Azariya charged with manslaughter. In 2017, an IDF court convicted Azariya and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. Azariya's sentence was later reduced, and he was released after nine months in an army jail.