According to Deutsche Welle :Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised military personnel full legal backing in the event of foreign prosecution over alleged war crimes in Gaza.
The proposal was drawn up by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, after consultations with military and justice ministry officials. Barak’s proposal described the Gaza operation as legitimate self defense under international law, following years of Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel.
The cabinet decision also maintained that the Israeli military did everything it could to prevent civilians from being harmed. Some 1,300 Palestinians, including at least 700 civilians, were killed in Israel’s offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
The civilian deaths prompted senior UN officials to demand independent investigations into whether Israel committed war crimes during its three-week campaign to stop Hamas rocket attacks.