Former MK Sharon Gal, currently a news presenter for Israel’s Channel 20, has released the full tape of a phone call between Netanyahu and Charlie Azaria, father of Elor Azaria, accused of manslaughter for killing a wounded Palestinian assailant.
The release of the tape, much of which was made public months ago, comes days after Netanyahu ignited a firestorm by appearing to compare his call with the Azarias to his call with families of killed or missing soldiers.
In the tape, a sympathetic sounding Netanyahu tells a tearful Azaria to rely on the army investigation.
“I’ve given my whole life to this country, Mr. Prime Minister. I’m on recognized disability from the Defense Ministry. I was in the police for 30 years, investigated criminals, put them in jail and putt cuffs on them. When I see my son in cuffs,” Azaria says before being choked up.
“Charlie, I feel your pain, I trust in the investigation, and they will give Elor his full right to defend himself,” Netanyahu answers.