The real irony of it all, is that the IDF isn't even pursuing as many as it SHOULD, and yet people are still up in arms over it... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    The problem lies in the fact that the IDF has NEVER held its soldiers accountable except for a few high profile cases that were quietly swept under the rug once the media attention died down. So now, with IDF actions under closer international scrutiny - thanks to modern technology and media devices - Israeli society is no doubt in for a shock as the IDF can no longer incidents from being revealed, and is subsequently forced to prosecute these crimes or face international criticism. The whitewash and leniency will no doubt continue, but even these will become more transparent with time. Meanwhile, all it has to rely on is trying to limit journalist coverage of its operations, preventing its soldiers from carrying recording media during their operations, and the confiscation and subversion/destructon of recording media that comes under its control during its operations. But even these actions in themselves wave a red flag to the international community. The short of it is that much more transparency needs to be required of the IDF before the Israelis eyes can be fully opened to the need for these investigations/prosecutions. But as long as they're protected from the harsh realities of these incidents, they'll never see the need them. And the spooky part of it is that many of these incidents reflect the faulty character of their perpetuators who are then just as likely to commit similar, or the same, crimes in society at large...and the more they're protected, the more likely they'll continue.

    from the article: Here's how Israel can help delegitimize itself
    First published 01:03 09.11.10 | Last updated 01:03 09.11.10
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