>> A mother's embrace still able to provoke a smile, despite the court setting and a sentencing for man slaughter. Israeli soldier Elor Azaria sentenced to 18 months jail time on Tuesday for killing a Palestinian assailant lying wounded on the ground. A conclusion to a highly polarizing case, but a sentence far less than prosecutors requested.
>> Many people expected a sentence of somewhere between three to five years, and that's what the prosecution was asking for. There's been uproar from Palestinian officials calling it racist, an immoral sentence.>> The 20 year old was serving as an Army medic when he shot at Abel El Fattah Al-Sharif in the head as he lay wounded in March last year.
Al-Sharif had stabbed an Israeli in the Hebron region and was shot by troops in response during a wave of Palestinian street attacks on Israelis. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter in January, a charge that can carry a sentence of up to 20 years.>> Politics has been divided to with many politicians siding with the soldier, recognizing that many Israelis support his case.
And the likelihood is the ramifications of this are gonna continue for some days if not longer, because from the Palestinian point of view, they see it as a miscarriage of justice.>> The case stirring public controversy from the start, and triggering debate about whether the military is out of touch with public attitudes.