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Israeli Troops Admit Gaza Abuses

March 22, 2009

A furor has arisen over new admissions from Israeli soldiers that they operated with loose rules of engagement in shooting targets, including civilians, inside Gaza during the recent war there.

Phyllis Bennis, an analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies, says the U.S. public attention to these admissions and other evidence of Israeli abuses mark a shift in U.S. attitudes about Israel’s behavior. She notes, for instance, front-page articles in the New York Times about these concerns.

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IAmid this shift, Bennis says the Obama administration’s approach toward the Israel-Palestine conflict remains unclear, with some signs suggesting a continuation of the Bush administration’s staunch support for Israel but others, such as the appointment of George Mitchell as a special envoy, indicating a more evenhanded approach. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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