02/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Israel To Shield Troops From War Crimes Accusations

The government on Sunday ratified a bill granting aid and support to Israel Defense Forces officers in cases where they face suits for alleged war crimes committed in Gaza.

"Israel will give full support to everyone who operated for it and on behalf of it. The commanders and soldiers who were sent to Gaza need to know that they are safe from various tribunals," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting.

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