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    • 03.02.10 | 17:36 (IST)

    This was hard to read, but is very revealing. Israel feels that, unlike previous wars with similar conduct, it is forced to erect an inquiry commission, but only for all the wrong reasons - to save itself and satisfy international public opinion that needs something, just anything. Investigations must tackle the war itself, how and why decisions were made in violation of international, but also Israeli, law, and look at civilian casualties. This is because victims are entitled to justice and perpetrators of wrongful acts must be tried; not because a report was damaging to Israel's image. If Israel has nothing to fear, why fear credible investigation? Israel cooperated with the UN Board of Inquiry and provided its defence re targeting UN facilities, yet the BoI convicted it. What does that say? Goldstone mission would have looked at the evidence and reached the same conclusions, for this war was different: no one in Israel wanted to remember the legal and/or ethical rule. Not in Gaza

    from the article: IDF legal official: Israel should probe Goldstone Gaza report
    First published 03:01 03.02.10 | Last updated 16:49 03.02.10
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