Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed never to allow Israeli leaders or officers to stand trial for war crimes over their actions during the recent war in the Gaza Strip. Denouncing a recent U.N. report in a keynote address to parliament, Netanyahu said: "This distorted report, written by this distorted committee, undermines Israel's right to defend itself. This report encourages terrorism and threatens peace."
"Israel will not take risks for peace if it can't defend itself," he added.
Netanyahu noted the report's portrayal of Israeli leaders as war criminals. "The truth is exactly the opposite. Israel's leaders and its army are those who defended the citizens of Israel from war criminals," he said, according to the AP. "We will not allow Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak, who sent our sons to war, to arrive at the international court in the Hague," he said.