Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Gee, you think?
Well, it seems that Moshe Ya'alon, Israeli Army Chief of Staff, has been forced by details released to the media to recognize that the IDF investigation into the shooting of Iman al-Hams was a failure.
Ya'alon's remarks were prompted in part by the fact that essential information about the incident was uncovered not by the IDF inquiry, but by outside sources, Israel Radio reported.Of course, Ya'alon made it clear that this public exposure would not be the norm, stating: "An external investigation will not bring about the disclosure of the truth, rather the opposite." Well you have to appreciate the logic in that: the IDF "investigation" was a failure, a bit of the truth has managed to leak into the media coverage, and there may actually be some repercussions for the despicable conduct of the commander charged - but all this must be somehow bringing about the opposite of the truth. Of course, what would you expect Ya'alon to say - he's been forced to admit failure because of what has come to light, but there is no way he is going to willingly give up the power to keep IDF transgressions under wraps and dealt with in-house. In any case, the perpetrator (Captain R.) has now been charged as part of the military police's investigation into the shooting.
"The fact that in our operational investigation we were unable to reach the whole truth, is a grave failure," Ya'alon said Wednesday.
Military prosecutors issued a five-count indictment against the officer, including two counts of illegally using his weapon, and one count each of obstruction of justice, conduct unbecoming an officer, and improper use of authority.In other Israeli news, Israel continues to say all the right things about Palestinian elections (including FM Silvan Shalom saying that it would permit international observers). But, the Israeli High Court also just ruled to allow construction to continue on the West Bank wall in areas near Jerusalem and, as they say, actions speak louder than words. Especially sad was the reasoning behind the court's decision:
The petitioners [from the village of Tzur Baher] asked that the fence be rerouted further to the east since it would obstruct their daily life.So okay, the way it's planned will fuck group one. But changing it will fuck group two, so we might as well just go ahead and fuck group one. Great. That's justice for you, folks.
But another group of the village's residents opposed the alternative route proposed by the petitioners, and claimed before the High Court that rerouting the fence would hurt them.
Consequently, the justices decided in their ruling to reject the petition and leave the fence's planned route unchanged.