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PM establishes team to tackle lawsuits over Gaza op
Olmert appoints Justice Minister Friedmann as head of inter-ministerial committee that would prepare for potential prosecutions related to IDF actions during Gaza offensive

A legal team headed by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann would handle all issues related to potential legal suits against Israel or Israeli officials in wake of the IDF's operation in Gaza.


Ynet has learned Thursday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appointed Friedmann to lead an inter-ministerial committee tat would formulate ways to counteract prosecutions against Israel for striking civilians and civilian institutions during the fighting in the Strip.


The team is also expected to consult experts on international law during its work.


Friedmann's appointment follows Attorney General Menachem Mazuz's statement earlier this week that Israel is "preparing for a wave of international lawsuits over the operation in Gaza.


"That in itself is nothing new. I can only assume that following the events, we will have more intensive and focused work ahead of us," he added.


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