Barak praises IDF as 'moral army'

Defense minister to present bill providing support, legal aid for soldiers facing Gaza op-related court cases.

Defense Minster Ehud Barak will on Sunday present a bill regarding support and legal aid for IDF officers and soldiers facing court cases related to Operation Cast Lead. According to a Defense Ministry statement released Friday, the bill will be discussed in Sunday's cabinet meeting. It was put together by the Defense Ministry, Ministry of Justice and State Prosecutor. Speaking on Friday, Barak said, "The Israeli government bears the responsibility for sending IDF troops on missions, as well as for defending civilians, and as such is obligated to grant its full support." He added that no harm should come to officers and soldiers as a result of their involvement in the Gaza operation. The defense minister also extolled the morality of the IDF, saying "the IDF is a moral army, and I don't know of any [other] army which operates to such high standards." He went on to say, "There is no place for automatic backlash at the end of every operation."