Israel urges world: Reject Goldstone report on Gaza
Defense Minister Barak to world diplomats: Adopting Goldstone report gives terror groups an advantage.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told world diplomats on Tuesday that the Goldstone report, which accuses Israel of having committed war crimes in Gaza, is "false, distorted and promotes terror."
Speaking to the foreign ministers of France, Britian, Spain and Norway, among others, ahead of a United Nations debate on the report scheduled for Thursday, Barak said that adopting the report would give terror organizations around the world an advantage.
"The democratic nations of the world must understand that adopting the report will cripple their ability to deal with terror organizations, and terror in general," Barak said.
On Wednesday, it emerged that the UN Human Rights Council's debate over the Goldstone report will also deal with Jerusalem, the Temple Mount riots and the siege of Gaza, according to a resolution the Palestinian Authority and a group of countries intend to submit.
Haaretz has obtained a copy of the document: Click here for the full text of the Palestinian draft resolution.
According to a political source in Jerusalem, the PA's ambassador to UN institutions in Geneva, Ibrahim Khraishi, told the ambassadors of the countries involved, most of them Arab and Muslim, that the main motivation behind the Palestinian request to discuss the Goldstone report stemmed from "Israeli provocations in Jerusalem." The Palestinians had originally decided not to have the report discussed.
The Palestinian ambassador said Israel must be shown that it cannot evade international law.
The new draft resolution is entitled "The human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem."
The resolution, which Foreign Ministry sources have described as "very extreme," has three parts: East Jerusalem, the Goldstone report on Operation Cast Lead, and the report by the UN's human rights commissioner on conditions in the Gaza Strip.
An official at the Foreign Ministry says the draft "will only serve to show how excessive the Palestinian claims really are."
The deliberations at the council will take place Thursday and Friday, with a vote on the resolution on Monday.