Saturday, April 2, 2011

Israel: UN must cancel Goldstone Report

Source: Press TV

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on the UN to cancel a report that condemns Tel Aviv for war crimes during its offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Following a Washington Post op-ed by Richard Goldstone, which he has retracted his own report on the Gaza war crimes by Israel; Netanyahu called on the UN to retract the Goldstone Report.

Netanyahu said on Saturday the Goldstone Report should be formally nullified, adding that "Everything we said has been proven to be true."

It is not clear yet how and why Goldstone had a second thoughts on his detailed report which he accused Israel of using "disproportionate force, and deliberately targeting civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure, and using people as human shields" in the war against Gaza.

Tel Aviv refused to cooperate with Goldstone's commission and said his report is distorted and biased. Goldstone complained about Israel's lack of cooperation with investigation.

Over 1400 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed in the devastating raid on Gaza at the turn of 2009.

Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman said the price of dealing with the report over the past few years was worth it.

He added that Goldstone's backtracking renders all decisions by UN Human Rights Council about Israel null and void.

Lieberman also acknowledged that he had to convince everyone, not to give in to Goldstone demand.

"Finally I managed to convince everyone that if we reveal to Goldstone our operational and political considerations, and how the army and defense and intelligence services work, everyone will begin demanding such information," he said.

1 comment:

  1. It would be nice if the Times had reported that Goldstone's imperfect admission called into question the methodology and bias of his investigation instead of trying to repair the damage Goldstone just did to his own investigation.


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