Opinion  Yoaz Hendel
Elor Azaria is no hero, and he knows it
Yoaz Hendel
Published: 31.07.17, 23:44
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1. Excuse me. Did you read what you said before publishing it?
Brad   (08.01.17)
Shooting a Muslim terrorist is a GOOD THING. It doesn't matter if he's dying anyway, or if he has a long life ahead of him. The fact that he's a terrorist is reason enough to shoot him, and if you do shoot him, that's one less terrorist. No Islam, no Muslims, no problem.
2. Run For Office
DSM ,   USA   (08.01.17)
When Azaria gets out of prison he should run for office and probably win.
3. Author is probably correct on most of the points he makes,
still: isn't anyone accused of wrongdoing in his/her full right to defend himself? By anyone they choose, in any way that seems appropriate? They turn him into a "hero" only because the others want to portray him as a cold blooded murderer. Poor guy, he's in a lose/lose situation. I understand why he tried to "befriend" anyone that came his way.....
4. This whole article/opinion is based on one false premise:
the so called "purity of arms/ morality of army".
No such animal, everybody knows it, still we need some guiding lines for the soldiers.
But this trial is politicized beyond call, mainly by the leftist usurpers of public opinion.
The military court puppet judges felt they had to please their Masters (simple investment in personal futures).
Taking their sweet time for over THREE hours to brutally condemn Azaria was sickening!
The more they justified their blatant partisan opinions the clearer it became to the 'simple man on the street": There are no Judges in Jerusalem!
5. What Utter Nonsense This Op-Ed Is
Robby   (08.01.17)
The damned terrorist would have been happy to mjurder Hendel. And the chutzpah of the self-righteous Hendel to tell Elor what he does or does not know;. However, I know something. What I know is that Elor Azaria is definitely a hero. Israel struggles to survive in one heck of a tough neighborhood ... the Middle East. Israel must stop trying to be the nicest kid on the block.
6. good summary of an odious epidode in Israel's history...
Rafi ,   US   (08.01.17)
... but made more so by cynical, maximum exploitation by politicians beginning with Netanyahu & co (gag!)

...and making clear that pandering to their constituent base - vs. the sanctity of IDF neshek tahor - was their obsessive priority.
7. Countless lives would be saved by executing all terrorists
Chaim ,   Israel   (08.01.17)
Simple common sense tells us that countless lives would be saved by executing all terrorists. That is what really matters. Azaria should never have been prosecuted for his good deed. It should be standard IDF policy.
8. For a simple avarage person like me he is a hero..
olim hadashim ,   tel aviv / israel   (08.01.17)
9. With all due respect...
TC   (08.01.17)
His family looks like a bunch of serious arssim.
10. OK
Yvidor ,   Tel Aviv   (08.01.17)
Get him pardoned then get him out of the army.
11. Nonsense: "Elor Azaria is no hero, and he knows it" ...
leo ,   usa   (08.01.17)
... I've never met dead terrorist that I didn't like.
12. Hero? You bet!
AB   (08.01.17)
The beginning of this article says the soldier killed the terrorist "without any justification". Those words debunk the whole article. If the rules of engagement are stupid and endanger future lives then there is every justification to break the regulation and be rid of the danger. That's exactly what makes Elior Azaria a hero. That he did what is right.
13. Definitely no Hero
Shimon Z. Klein ,   Bat Hefer   (08.02.17)
Any soldier who fires a bullet into a dying terrorist 11 minutes after he was shot, commits a crime. He did this because he felt he needed to add his shekel's worth as a vengeful parting shot and not as a life-saving act. The dying terrorist, prior to Elor Azaria's criminal act, was no threat to anybody. It appears that even many right-wing MKs show their support for Azaria and became involved in his defense, which in itself, weakens the justice system of the IDF. After all, he received a very lenient sentence for manslaughter, which Elor could have avoided had he used his brain.
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