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Netanyaho and Barak: Israel will not conduct inquiry into Gaza War

February 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

Israel will not form any investigation committee on war crimes committed during the Israeli war on Gaza, asserted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

“No Israeli soldier will be subjected to questioning by a committee as such,” they both said in a special consultative session held together, according to Israeli press and media outlets.

In the same context, Netanyahu, yesterday, headed a special consultative session that was attended by the Israeli Justice Minister, Yaakov Neeman; Israeli Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, Gabi Ashkenazi; the judicial consultant to the cabinet Mini Mezoz; and a number of prominent figures holding senior positions, to discuss the Goldstone report’s repercussions at various levels, including in the political arena, war laws, judicial verdicts, and international public opinion.

Netanyahu asked the session’s attendees to present him their recommendations on how to deal with the Goldstone report.
There is an intension to merge the results of the investigations conducted by the Israeli army into the military operation in the Gaza Strip, and to put together a unified document reflecting Israel’s official stance on the issue. Netanyahu described the investigation procedures adopted by the Israeli defense army as excellent.

On his part, Barak said, “Israel is prepared to fight against the legitimacy of the Goldstone report. In addition, Israel will act to amend rules of war to adjust them to the battle against terrorists who fight from among civilians.”