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Israel seeks allies in U.N. on Gaza war crimes vote

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on members of the United Nation's Human Rights Council to reject a resolution endorsing a report accusing Israeli forces and their Palestinian opponents of war crimes during the fighting in Gaza last winter.

The Geneva-based council is expected to vote today on a resolution that would ask the Security Council in New York to determine within six months whether both sides are carrying out credible investigations into alleged abuses or to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

"Israel's only real crime is that it does not have an automatic majority in the U.N.," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu argues that the resolution, if adopted, would hamper Israel's ability to defend itself and therefore discourage it from making possibly risky concessions for peace with the Palestinians.

Israel seeks allies in U.N. on Gaza war crimes vote 10/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:57pm]

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