The IDF chief of staff Gadi Gadi eizenkot, commenting on the decision of the court of appeal in the case Elora of Azariah promised: if a request was submitted for commutation of sentence, it will be considered seriously.
«The petition will be considered taking into account all relevant business aspects, and based on my commitment solely to the values of the IDF and its soldiers,» said Gadi eizenkot.
On 30 July the court of appeal in the «Kyrie» upheld the verdict and sentence in the case Elora Azariah. The decision was taken by a majority of three judges — the other two demanded to increase the punishment. The head of the court of appeal major-General Doron Palis rejected all defense arguments. The court held that the precedents that led to the investigation, are in this case irrelevant.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had earlier urged the family of Azariah Elora not to file a new appeal against the decision of the court, and to appeal to the chief of staff Gadi Eizenkot with Amnesty. However, the lawyer representing Azariah, told the court that he intends to appeal to the Supreme court.
The head of government Benjamin Netanyahu said that he has not changed his view that Elior Azariah should be pardoned. He promised to send their recommendations to the relevant authorities, when the question comes to practical discussions.