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The president declined to issue the pardon, saying such a move would "harm the resilience" of the IDF and the state.
The values of the Israel Defense Forces, and among them the Purity of our Weapons, are the core foundation of the strength of the Israel Defense Forces.
"The immediate execution of the sentence is of an increased urgency to preserve the discipline upon which the entire military establishment is based," the military prosecution wrote the court.
Also on Thursday, the PM met again with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and members of his Cabinet, for the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding (MOUs).
Hotovely stressed the need to reunify the IDF and restore the legitimacy of IDF soldiers who are facing terrorism every day.
Former PM Olmert requested a pardon to eliminate a prison term that was already reduced from six years to 18 months, after his conviction on charges of bribery.
NYC Council member Chaim Deutsch sent a letter to President Obama asking for last-minute clemency for Sholom Rubashkin before he leaves office.
Cartwright was awaiting his sentencing in two weeks, after pleading guilty to felony, when he received his pardon.
Knesset Committee Chairman MK David Bitan (Likud) posted an online petition calling on President Reuven Rivlin to pardon Azaria.
The President's Office clarifies that IDF Sgt. Azaria himself, or an immediate relative or legally authorized representative must apply for clemency.
The Netanyahu government is contesting an unprecedented decision to commute the sentences of 6 Israeli Arabs who killed IDF soldiers in terror attacks.