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Posted: 1/25/2009 9:38:44 AM EST
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/01/25/gaza.legal.defense/index.html

JERUSALEM (CNN) –– Israel's government on Sunday approved a measure that will give legal protection to its military officers if they are accused of war crimes during the Gaza incursion, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.

"The state of Israel will completely back anyone that acted in its name," Olmert said Sunday at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting. "The soldiers and commanders that were sent on missions in Gaza need to know that they are safe from different tribunals.

"Israel will assist them and protect them as they physically protected us during the operation in Gaza," he said.

A team of legal experts, led by Justice Minister Daniel Friedman, will defend Israel's military operation in Gaza, according to Olmert. Friedman and international law experts will formulate answers to possible questions regarding the activity of the Israel Defense Forces that might arise, he said.

The Israeli government –– particularly the Defense and Justice ministries –– is concerned that Israeli military officers could be singled out in future lawsuits alleging human rights violations during Israel's recent offensive against Hamas, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded an independent investigation into Israeli military actions that damaged U.N. facilities in Gaza. Israel is alleged to have used white phosphorous shells which sparked a massive fire at the U.N. humanitarian compound.

The use of white phosphorus is restricted under international law.

Israel launched a 22-day assault on Hamas, the Palestinian movement which controls Gaza, in December. More than 1,300 Palestinians died during the air and ground campaign, and 13 Israelis were killed.

Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire in mid-January, and pulled its troops out by January 21.

It said the operation aimed to stop Palestinian militants from firing rockets into Israel from Gaza.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:41:34 AM EST
Why prepare a defense for something they did not do?


This is an admission that they may have fucked up.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:45:08 AM EST
Honestly, who gives a shit what the UN says? What the fuck could they do if they want to try an Israeli soldier and Israel says no? They gonna invade with a bunch of blue helmets?
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:45:25 AM EST

Some Israeli troops ate Palestinian babies.  Sick motherfuckers.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:46:23 AM EST
Apparently Israel cares more about it's soldiers than we do about our own.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:47:25 AM EST
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Honestly, who gives a shit what the UN says? What the fuck could they do if they want to try an Israeli soldier and Israel says no? They gonna invade with a bunch of blue helmets?


The UN is threatening to blockade all sand shipments to Israel.  That will teach them!
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:48:04 AM EST
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Apparently Israel cares more about it's soldiers than we do about our own.




OH SNAP!

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:48:14 AM EST
Quoted:
Apparently Israel cares more about it's soldiers than we do about our own.



At times it seems that way.

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:57:27 AM EST
Quoted:
Why prepare a defense for something they did not do?


This is an admission that they may have fucked up.





I think it's more an assessment of what others will try to do to their soldiers - regardless of whether or not their soldiers are guilty. I don't see it as an admission of guilt at all.




-K
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:57:51 AM EST
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Apparently Israel cares more about it's soldiers than we do about our own.


Yea...That!

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