Israel likes to believe that its Defense Force is the world's most "moral" army, and it insisted throughout the recent Gaza war that great care was always taken to avoid inflicting civilian casualties. It may surprise and rile many Israelis, then, that their government is trying to protect its citizens from war crimes charges that could be filed in foreign courts over the conduct of hostilities in Gaza.
Riled, perhaps. Surprised, no. Old news around here. Hmmmm…I realize that the statute of limitations has probably passed, but I wonder if I could sue someone for war crimes for what happened to me? Not in the US—I was asked to participate in a trial and refused.* In the Hague. International court.
Actually…given that Hamas claims that it comprises the legitimate government of Gaza and given that Israel is no longer occupying Gaza, perhaps a resident of Sderot or Ashdod or Ashkelon or Beersheva should file a suit against Hamas for war crimes. You want recognition as a government? B'vakasha. Have it.
But with rights come responsibilities. And with responsibilities come international sanctions if you do not live up to them.
*Various reasons—one of which being that I had the distinct impression that the lawyers involved were 1) idiots and 2) looking for $$$.