In an interview with Israel Hayom published this week, Azaria said: “There is no doubt that if you took me back to those seconds in Hebron, when the event was unfolding, I would act exactly the same all over again, because that is what had to be done.”
Responding to Azaria’s comments, Likud MK Anat Berko said the Israeli military had “rushed to judgment and failed to support him and his family when their world collapsed.”
Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev said Azaria “should have been questioned by senior commanders and if they had found he should have been penalised, it should have been done as part of a disciplinary hearing, not as part of a judicial system external to the operational-command framework.”
Kulanu MK Yifat Shasha-Biton, meanwhile, said the entire case was “fundamentally distorted” from day one, adding: “The most serious thing, however, is that this affair reflects on our soldiers and may influence their judgment in complex situations.”
Likud MK Nava Boker said: “Azaria was an outstanding soldier who exercised his judgment at the scene and shot a terrorist who tried to murder his comrades, not an innocent bystander.”
Commenting on Azaria’s assertion that the military threw him “under the bus”, Likud MK Amir Ohana said “Elor’s feelings are justified”.