This is what the prime minister of Israel should have posted on his Facebook page following the conviction of Sgt. Elor Azaria, the “Hebron Shooter” who shot and killed an incapacitated terrorist:
“This is a difficult and painful day for all of us. The court ruled that an IDF soldier deliberately killed a neutralized terrorist. This is a forbidden act. Even in the face of rampant terrorism, even when confronting a terrorist intent on harming us, and even when the heart is brimming with rage, we must preserve our values.
I was appalled at the sight of hundreds of people converging on the military courthouse, chanting offensive slogans, and inciting violence against the IDF chief of staff. Likewise, I am very concerned by the continued widespread public support for Azaria's actions.
Let us never forget that the source of the IDF’s power is its moral righteousness. As such, I will spare no effort to strengthen the people's faith in the army and its commanders. I pledge to thwart any attempt to politicize this cherished national institution.
I hear the cries for a pardon. This is not the time. The court must be allowed to pursue the legal process, without intimidation or attempts to undermine its independence."
Leaders of Israel: You are responsible for defending our democratic values.