March 20, 2009
Posted: 1501 GMT

After months of outside pressure Israel said Thursday it was going to launch an investigation into possible war crimes committed by its troops during the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict.


Haaretz, an English language daily, first reported yesterday that an inquest would be opened after soldiers told of multiple accounts of improper and illegal conduct during the offensive, at one time even shooting an unarmed woman while she was crossing the street.


Defense Minister Ehud Barack stated that Israel has “the most moral army in the world’” but followed that with “This does not mean that there are no irregularities, and I have no doubt that this will be studied seriously.”


Whether you believe accidents are simply a result of the chaos and injustice of war this is still significant as Israel is now responding to what some right s groups have been claiming for months: crimes were committed by Israelis during their offensive into Gaza.


Also on today’s show, we’ll be covering U.S. President Barack Obama’s new overtures to Iran, as well as two developing stories out of Africa:  Backlash against Madagascar’s new government, and a sad story about albinos targeted by killers, for their bones.


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harry of Orlando   March 20th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

israel is investigating itself.........thats a joke? What do you think they are going to find? Why not an international enquiry?

Itzme   March 25th, 2009 8:52 pm ET

So why does an international court of justice exist?

If everyone can ignore it... if some individuals totally devalue it
what kind of organisation is this international court of justice?

If it comes to africa or other poor countries they are quick as a detonating bomb. But if it comes to israel, they dont even think about leaving their bed where they go dreaming on.

So israel should begin to accept the international court of justice and international law or the international court of justice should be closed as a sad joke.

According to Israeli logic, I can kill someone now and then judge myself.

Daniel E   March 26th, 2009 10:25 am ET

Eh...does anyone in the forum realize, if the terrorists (aka hamas,hezbollah, with support of a majority of the palestnians who voted hamas to power) will stop their terrorist acts, none of these problems would actually arise . Its like saying we will resort to terrorism, support it and when punished and there are occasional collaterals will whinge and whine and would want to be painted as a victim and martyr.. Wow..

Ahmed E   March 26th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

Israel investigates itself ?? does that make sense??

Nobody dares to condemn or point a finger towards the state of Israel, otherwise will be charged with being anti-semite. The poor show performed by Israel aims to polish its bloody image and to find a scapegoat for war crimes and for using white phosphorus. Where is the ICC, HumanRightsWatch and the international community?

Everybody stop being hypocrite, and look in the eyes of the truth.

Johnny   April 22nd, 2009 7:35 pm ET

Israel was right to protect himself and his people why didn't the Palistinians stop firing rockets?Israel has done nothing wrong viva Israel

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