Last May, Netanyahu defiantly condoned cold-blooded murder, saying:
"I would like to say clearly to the soldiers and commanders of the Israel Defense Forces: the state of Israel will always stand beside you, wherever you are and in any situation. You defended us; we will protect you."
As head of state, Netanyahu controls Israel's military. Chain of command authority is similar to America's. Israel's Minister of Defense replicates Washington's Secretary of Defense. Military commanders report to them. They serve under chief executives.
In both countries, heads of state appoint top officials. Netanuahu bears full responsibility for Israeli crimes of war and against humanity. They include Mavi Marmara assassinations.
Indicting him for high crimes is warranted. Perhaps testimonies will cite him. Plaintiffs should demand that he and others in his chain of command be held accountable.
Respect for international law is fundamental. No one's above the law. Israel's gotten away with murder much too long. Istanbul proceedings won't change things. At most, they represent a small symbolic step. Maybe others will follow.
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