24 Apr 09 | Ha’aretz
Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Harel has presented the public and media with the conclusions of the Israel Defense Forces’ investigations into its strikes on Palestinian civilians and property during Operation Cast Lead. The tone was one of self-congratulation for both the probes and their content.
According to the General Staff, the IDF is not only the world’s most ethical army, but also the most investigated. This view was backed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was quick to praise the conclusions. The military does not hesitate to expose its weaknesses, internally at least, to correct its mistakes and improve. And much to its satisfaction, it discovers over and over that it does not have too many weaknesses.
There is no reason to stir up a debate here on whether a major Gaza operation was justified. In any case, the effort to minimize IDF casualties should not serve as a justification for wanton and rash strikes against civilians. >>>
- Amnesty International: Israeli Army Probe Lacks Credibility and is No Substitute for Independent Investigation (23 Apr 09)