Netanyahu Mulls Commission to Investigate Gaza War

Ministers Seem to Want to Investigate Other Investigations More Than War

In the hopes of stemming international criticisms of the nation’s lack of accountability over its January invasion of the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly discussing the prospect of establishing a commission to investigate the military’s conduct during the war.

The government already released a report in July lauding the war, but largely failed to address the reports of war crimes committed by their forces, even those allegations made by Israeli soldiers. The military had briefly probed the allegations but insisted they were all lies and abandoned the probe in short order.

The United Nations report issued earlier this month however added considerable credence to the calls, though officially Israel rejected it just as they had previous reports from human rights groups at home and abroad.

But though Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer expressed support for the commission, he seemed more interested in seeing the commission investigate the previous investigations than investigating the actual conduct of the military.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of