Israel released the soldier shooting a handcuffed Palestinians in the foot with a rubber-coated metal bullet, Israel media reported on Tuesday.
He was released after 24 hours in custody, the Ynet news website reported. Israeli military police arrested the soldier late Sunday.
The shooting incident happened some two weeks ago in the Palestinian village of Nil'in, north-west of Jerusalem.
A 14-year-old resident of the village filmed the incident and an Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, published the video clip on Sunday, demanding the soldier be brought to justice.
The video clip has caused shock and outrage both in the world.
Palestinian officials reacted to the shooting by calling on human rights organizations to intervene to save the Palestinian people from the ongoing Israeli Holocaust against them.
The soldier told interrogators that he shot the rubber bullet at Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, because he believed he had heard his commander give him the order to shoot.
The commander, however, said he gave no such order, but took responsibility for the incident because his subordinate may have "misunderstood" his instruction to "shake" and "scare" the Palestinian.
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