Israeli attorney general to rule on whether soldiers will face charges


(JTA) — Israel’s attorney general reportedly will decide if any Israeli soldiers will face charges for misconduct during Israel’s war in Gaza last January.

The Jerusalem Post reported that, according to military sources, IDF Military Advocate-General Avichai Mandelblit will transfer the findings from the Israel Defense Forces investigations of Israel’s operation in Gaza to Attorney General Menahem Mazuz, in response to international criticism — including in the recently release Goldstone commission report — that the IDF could not appropriately investigate itself.

Israeli military police have opened 24 criminal investigations of soldiers since Operation Cast Lead ended in January, nine of which involve allegations that IDF soldiers deliberately opened fire on Palestinian civilians.

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