Alex Kane writes that mounting evidence is making it increasingly hard to deny that war crimes were committed by Israel in its most recent assault on Gaza. The United Nations Human Rights Commission has sent in a three member team to investigate human rights violations in the most recent conflict.
The UN commissioned a similar investigation following Israel’s previous assault on Gaza in 2009 and that team found evidence of war crimes but the Obama administration used its leverage to have the Goldstone report shelved. This time around, the worldwide anger over Israel’s actions seems greater and it is not clear that similar charges, if brought, can be suppressed.
Israeli prime minister is clearly aware of the danger of being taken to the International Criminal Court on this issue and has appealed to his major source of support, the US Congress, to prevent that from happening.