Human rights groups in Israel leveled criticism at the Military Advocate General Maj. Gen. Avi Mandelblit's decision to close the case investigating testimonies given by IDF soldiers regarding intentional targeting of innocent civilians during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.
"The speed with which the military advocate general closed the case arouses suspicion that the investigation was not intended to thoroughly examine the facts, but to relieve the military of responsibility. Investigation officials ignored much material that was collected since the end of the operation that paint a similar picture to the one painted by the soldiers' testimonies. This only strengthens the need to establish an independent body to investigate all of the army's activities," wrote the organizations. (Ynet)