Middle East

Israeli soldier to be sentenced Tuesday for manslaughter

FILE -- In this January 24, 2017 file photo, Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria attends a sentencing hearing in the military court surrounded by his family, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Israeli army said a military court on Tuesday, Feb, 21, 2017,  will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant. Azaria faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, though analysts expect him to receive less than that. (Debbie Hill, Pool via AP, File)

FILE -- In this January 24, 2017 file photo, Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria attends a sentencing hearing in the military court surrounded by his family, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Israeli army said a military court on Tuesday, Feb, 21, 2017, will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant. Azaria faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, though analysts expect him to receive less than that. (Debbie Hill, Pool via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Israeli army says a military court on Tuesday will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant.

Sgt. Elor Azaria faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, though analysts expect him to receive less than that.

The rare manslaughter conviction of a soldier last month deeply divided Israel, where military service is compulsory and support for young soldiers is widespread.

It is rare for a military court to rule against a soldier over lethal action taken in the field, not only in Israel but elsewhere in the world.

The military court verdict against Azaria marked a victory for commanders seeking to preserve a code of ethics. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and prominent hard-line politicians have called for the soldier to be pardoned.