Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Goldstone Update

Could be that we're nearing the end of the Goldstone saga? War crimes trials are increasingly looking as unlikely. But don't worry, if they can't beat us in the "hard war", our enemies will continue working at the "soft war" of deligitimization, boycotts, divestments and sanctions.

In the meantime, it turns out that the IDF established six investigatory committees in the wake of the war in Gaza, prior to and with no relation to Goldstone. Within this framework, it has come to light now that a brigadier general and colonel were found guilty last July of overstepping their authority. On the other hand, according to military correspondent Amos Harel from Ha'aretz (of all newspapers), it turns out that they used live ammunition to help rescue a Givati Brigade platoon from a situation in which they were under anti-tank missile fire from Hamas - even though the orders allowed firing only smoke shells. Frankly, if that's the case, I'm happy that they exceeded their authority and likely saved Israeli soldiers lives. It should be noted also that after the colonel was charged, his commander, the brigadier general, insisted on being charged with him.

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