03.01.2012 08.Tewet. 5772
Last criminal probe into Operation Cast Lead closed; Malka cleared of bombing building knowing it contained civilians.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz has decided to promote former Givati Brigade commander Col. Ilan Malka to the rank of brigadier-general after a three-year legal saga, putting to rest the last criminal investigation into Operation Cast Lead.
Malka commanded the Givati Brigade during the Cast Lead offensive against Hamas in Gaza, which was launched on December 27, 2008. Last month, The Jerusalem Post reported on senior field commanders’ criticism of the Military Advocate General’s office which the officers accused of dragging its feet in ruling on Malka’s case….