Neither Israel nor Lebanon has investigated allegations of war crimes from last year’s conflict, Amnesty International charged in a statement released this month, calling for a United Nations inquiry. In its reports since the war, Amnesty criticized Hezbollah for firing nearly 4,000 rockets at Israeli cities and towns, and Israel for bombing civilian areas and using cluster bombs in south Lebanon. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev’s response to the Amnesty charges was quoted in The International Herald Tribune: "The Israeli system of justice is independent, professional and transparent. Allegations of inappropriate behavior by Israeli military personal have been thoroughly investigated. Israel is a country in which respect of human rights and the rule of law are at the very center of the political process."