- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will never allow any of the country’s leaders or soldiers to be put on trial for war crimes.

Netanyahu made the comments during a fiery speech at the opening of the winter session of the Israeli parliament.

Netanyahu opened the speech with an angry tirade against a recent U.N. report that accused Israel of committing war crimes during its war against militants in the Gaza Strip last year.

He says Israel has the right to defend itself and that Israel “will not agree” to a situation where wartime leaders or troops who participated in the operation stand trial.

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