As far as intent, Goldstone's independent statement is irresponsible at best, politically motivated at worst. As far as meaning, it raises the question of whether sovereign states do or do not have a greater weight of responsibility for policies taken in war. As far as consequence, Goldstone's independent statement has already sent israeli politicians gloating; while driving the people in Palestine to further exasperation. Saying that the UN is biased is untenable given the Occupation. Unforgiveable and irresponsible.
U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad (Reuters)
from the article: Hamas: Goldstone retreat doesn't negate war crimes committed in Gaza