Nobody here is in favour of letting war criminals walk free, surely? They have to be brought to justice like any common criminal, the moreso as atrocities against civilians are unpardonable in this day and age. The defence that "Goldstone admonishes Israel as if she can arbitrarily pick and choose how to neutralize threats against her", as one TB puts it, shows how far Israel misunderstands the gravity here. The whole point of the Geneva Conventions and international law is that armies CANNOT 'arbitrarily' choose to do certain things, e..g. shell civilian homes, shoot people under white flags, use human shields and so on. These have long been OUTLAWED in warfare, whether the enemy is wearing uniform or not. Every nation and its military commanders are fully aware of the rules and the consequences. Both Hamas and Israel callously chose to ignore them and put civilians in harms way, in a cowardly way. Simple rule really: If you can''t do the time, don't do the crime.
Israeli soldier lightly wounded after being hit by car south of Hebron (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. to Israel: Probe alleged Gaza war crimes to advance peace