JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says its internal investigations shows it did not violate international law during its recent war in Gaza.

The military says it maintained "high professional and moral level" against an enemy that "aimed to terrorize Israeli civilians while taking cover amid uninvolved civilians in the Gaza Strip and using them as human shields."

A former U.N. chief prosecutor for war crimes, Richard Goldstone, recently was appointed to head a U.N. investigation into atrocities allegedly committed during Israel's three-week war against Gaza's Hamas rulers.

The investigation called by the U.N.'s Human Rights Council was only supposed to look at Israeli conduct. But Goldstone didn't accept the assignment until the mandate was changed to also examine Palestinian actions.