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Friday, December 11, 2009

IDF calls 30 of Goldstone's 36 'war crimes' claims 'baseless'

An IDF review of the 36 incidents that Richard Goldstone called the 'worst' of Operation Cast Lead has concluded that 30 of those incidents are 'baseless.'
The other six were found to relate to genuine instances, where operational errors and mistakes were involved.

The IDF is currently finalizing a report in response to the allegations leveled by the Goldstone mission on behalf of the United Nations Human Rights Council. It is expected to be completed and submitted to Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi for review in the coming weeks. The army has yet to decide what it will do with the report and whether it will be released to the public.

The IDF has, however, already launched a diplomatic campaign to present some of the results of its probe.

On Wednesday, Military Advocate-General Brig.-Gen. Avihai Mandelblit met in New York with representatives of 10 different countries, as well as with officials from the UN secretariat and the Obama administration, to present some of Israel's findings.
Read the whole thing.

If it can possibly be done, the IDF ought to release the report to the public. While it will not reduce the furor over Goldstone in countries that will never give us a fair shake, it might help on the margins in some of the European countries, in Latin America and in some Western countries other than the US (which is already in our court on this).


At 5:05 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I do think the report should be released. It should be added Goldstone was never about finding out the truth and it never held Hamas accountable for its aggression against Israel and committing war crimes upon Israeli civilians. It was all about blaming Israel. And the IDF investigation only underscores the morally compromised and politically motivated nature of Goldstone.

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Danny said...

NormanF, we all know how this will end. The IDF's report will be ignored except to be selectively quoted for the bits that can be distorted or taken out of context.

I think you have an unrealistic expectation of people's desire to know the truth.


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