Monday, September 19, 2005

Full Circle

The Iran situation is too complex to comment on for now. We will just have to wait and see if/when the US is willing to go to the security counsel and how good they will be at twisting arms.

Meanwhile it seems like Israel has gone full circle from hunting international war criminals to creating and harboring them.

From the JPost:

Israel's Justice Ministry has set aside about US$1 million ( 817,260) for legal aid to army officers who could face war crimes charges in European courts, an official said Monday.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Sunday with officials from the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Shin Bet security services after Doron Almog, a retired general, could not enter London for fear police would arrest him. The arrest warrant against Almog has since been canceled.

Livni set aside the special legal budget and established a team to study European laws - such as the British legislation - that allow countries to charge people with war crimes even if they were not committed against their nationals, said Shai Ben-Maor, Livni's adviser.

The real goal, however, is to persuade European governments to amend or overturn such laws, because Israel believes they are being used for political purposes, he said. [Ah, political purposes.]

Complaints have also reportedly been filed with London police against army chief Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and his predecessor, Moshe Ya'alon.

Best comment I have read on this:

As for what can it all mean - it means that Israel opposes the laws and methods used to try, convict and hang people at Nuremberg; also it is providing justifications to those who claim that Hitler and his cronies were hard done by.

We report; you decide.


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