In any other demcratic western state, the un would accept reports and investigations undertaken by the nation in question. Does it not seem a little unsual that israel is not afforded this same treatment. Especially bearing in mind that it has an active and free press, active and powerful human rights organisations, a high court that has time after time stood up to political pressure. I think strategically israel should probably submit to un investigation, but in terms of legitimacy of military and national investigation, the UN may be just a little over critical and dare i say hypocritical. FInally I understand the children incident was both investigated in the israeli press, by the military justice department, and soldiers were even indited so please explain to me how this leads you or the un committee to lack of investigation. It should be noted that all investigations have been a matter of public record reproted on in the press including articles written by Akiva Eldar. I approve of Israels nature gto be hypa critical of its own actions. FInally the goldstone oped. issue of extreme presure by Jewish lobby .... This is a serious accusation and shows a complete lack of understanding of the proffesional back ground of "judge" Goldstone who throughout his proffesional carreer has been exposed to similar situation without changing his opinion and certainly not writing op ed pieces. Secondly how come judge goldstone is accused of folding to jewish lobby. I mean lets face it do you think that Mohamed ElBaradei was recieving flowers during his tenure as head of iaea and yet there was a noted silence both in the israeli media and the world media as to what pressures were on him to remain impartial. we all need to ask ourselves, do we believe in peoples ability to be honest brokers even under pressure or not, if the answe is we do not , then effectively we might as well stop any investigation as the truth is these sort of investigations will always end up exposing the ivestigators to critism and worse.
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from the article: What exactly did Goldstone 'retract' from his report on Gaza?