Judge Richard Goldstone.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Information and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Tuesday that Israel won't set up an independent panel to investigate Operation Cast Lead as the UN urged.
The UN General Assembly called on Israel and "the Palestinian side" to conduct "independent, credible" investigations into last winter's fighting in Gaza. It expected a decision by February 5.
Edelstein said that a document, which Israel will submit to the UN this week, deals only with Israel's own investigations of the war.
Israel launched the offensive to quash Gaza rocket squads that had traumatized its southern communities.
The UN report recommends Israel be tried for war crimes as a result of
the counter-terror campaign. Edelstein added that the response Israel
is preparing will prove the report's many faults.
Ki-moon said he will take a serious look at the report when it comes
out and that he was aware of the dangers of giving legitimization to
anti-Semitism and hatred.
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