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Extremists have threatened the military chief and the judges who convicted the soldier, while other critics have accused the army of abandoning a soldier on the battlefield and said the decision would make soldiers think twice before pulling the trigger in combat situations.
Eytan Rund, a tour guide who said he shot Sunday's attacker, said the many soldiers in the area were slow to respond, blaming their "hesitation" on last week's verdict.
The army later released a video of an unidentified soldier who said that he had rushed to the truck, loaded his gun and opened fire as soon as it was clear the incident was an attack.