Ashkenazi 'satisfied' allegations of IDF war crimes proven to be 'baseless'

Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi on Sunday reiterated his utter rejection of statements made by IDF soldiers to the effect that the army carried out war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. "We were all, myself included, disturbed by the 'testimonies' attributed to soldiers regarding inappropriate actions and the ostensible intentional harm visited upon the civilian population," Ashkenazi wrote in a special Pessah greeting to reservists. "These testimonies were exhaustively examined and investigated by Military Police and the Military Advocacy and, to my satisfaction, have been found to be unfounded and lacking in any factual base."