Sunday, July 5, 2009

Israel worries over intense 'legal war'

The Jerusalem Post, By Amir Mizroch (3/7/2009)

A Palestinian boy is seen on a donkey's cart next to a house destroyed during Operation Cast Lead, in the northern Gaza Strip.

The defense establishment is concerned at intensifying legal campaigns in foreign courts that aim to deter Israel from using force against Hamas and Hizbullah.

Reeling from four damning reports in one week from human rights organizations about the IDF's conduct in Operation Cast Lead, the sense among senior defense officials is that the "legal front" against Israel is growing at an alarming rate.

There is also a palpable urgency within the legal and defense establishments to thoroughly and professionally investigate allegations of war crimes against the IDF, not only because this has been standard practice, but also in an effort to ward off foreign lawsuits, investigations and arrest warrants against officers...

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