Your 100% correct phrase sums it all: " If the officers who led Operation Cast Lead end up paying for it with their careers, or even if they do not pay but their appearances before a commission of inquiry become nightmarish, this will be the real crime." Whoever doesn't agree doesn't know Israel's defense history, in war after war, the enemy's terrible cruelty, and the need of our IDF to win, every time, or else lose the whole little country we have and all our loved ones. And this doesn't include only niceties... Although the IDF has shown good behaviour more often than not! Which cannot be said of Hamas' cowards who were hiding (but ready to shoot) behind civilians. Bravo Shahar!
Stabbing reported in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Investigating the IDF would be the real war crime