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Netanyahu backs pardon for Israel soldier convicted over killing Palestinian

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he favours a pardon for an Israeli soldier convicted Wednesday of manslaughter for shooting dead a Palestinian. Elor Azaria had been on trial in a military court since May, with right-wing politicians defending him despite top army brass harshly condemning his actions. "This has been a hard and painful day for us all -- first and foremost for Elor and his family," Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page. "I support giving a pardon to Elor Azaria," he added.…

Israeli soldier who shot dead prone Palestinian guilty of manslaughter

TEL AVIV: An Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground posing no apparent threat was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday after a trial that deeply divided the country. Sentencing is expected at a later date. He faces up to 20 years in prison. The soldier, Elor Azaria, had been on trial for manslaughter in a military court since May, with right-wing politicians defending him despite top army brass harshly condemning the killing. Judge Colonel Maya Heller spent more than…