The IDF announced this evening that it was closing its short-lived investigation into reports that soldiers described “permissive rules of engagement” that led to — among other things — Israeli soldiers shooting unarmed civilians during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.
This investigation was, apparently, focused pnly on remarks by Israeli soldiers in a post-Gaza-war debriefing at the Oranim military academy near Haifa. A transcript of their remarks was submitted to the military, then published in a military journal by the Dany Zamir, director of a program at the military academy, before it was somehow brought to the attention of Amos Harel, military correspondent of Haaretz, who published the accounts ten days ago.
Two other Israeli media also published reports on the soldiers’ stories, while the Jerusalem Post published articles challenging the soldiers’ stories. There has been a raging debate in Israeli society ever since.
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