Jerusalem: A Cabinet minister says Israel won`t set up an independent panel to investigate the Gaza war as the UN urged.
The General Assembly called on Israel and "the Palestinian side" to conduct "independent, credible" investigations into last winter`s fighting in Gaza. It expected a decision by February 5.
Minister Yuli Edelstein said today that a document, which Israel will submit to the UN this week, deals only with Israel`s own investigations of the war.
Israel launched the offensive to quash Gaza rocket squads that had traumatised its southern communities.
The steep Palestinian civilian death toll and widespread destruction prompted a UN panel to accuse both Israel and Gaza`s Hamas rulers of war crimes. It urged them to conduct unbiased investigations.