If Goldstone heads the new investigation, the likelihood is that Israel will refuse to cooperate with his team, as was done in his previous investigation. Israelis succeeded in thoroughly discarding Judge Goldstone, and for the reason that he served as judge under South Africa Apartheid regime. I would have thought this would have been used in his favor, after all it shows that he can even follow laws he may not personally like, but Israel needed a "psychological defense mechanism" and came to that conclusion. So much so, that even Yossi Sarid the ultra liberal accepts this nonsensical excuse. Now, if Israel refuses to cooperate with Goldstone, it will have to appoint a "State Commission of Inquiry", which Israeli law empowers in such a way that it will be independent and with subpoena powers such that there will be no hiding of evidence. This is better than an international inquiry, who the IDF will cheat on every turn. An Israeli commission also hands down recommendations, even of firing ministers, which it is politically very hard to resist. (Ariel Sharon had to resign under such a recommendation following the Sabra-Shatilla massacre.) For this reason, Israeli governments try to avoid appointing such commissions, but with Goldstone they will have to.
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