A hardline nationalist supporter of Israeli solider Sgt. Elor Azaria is detained by police outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday said that he favors a pardon of an Israeli soldier who was earlier convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of a badly wounded Palestinian attacker.The verdict marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court convicting a soldier for lethal action taken in the field. Hours after the verdict, Netanyahu, who initially defended the military's handling of the case, called for Azaria to be pardoned, plunging into the raging political debate that has divided the country and putting himself at odds with the military. In delivering the verdict, which lasted nearly three hours, Col. Maya Heller, head of a three-judge panel, rejected Azaria's defense in painstaking detail.
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