Might it have been avoided? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Morris Valentine
    • 11.03.10 | 05:53 (IST)

    'The [EU parliamentary] resolution backed the findings of a UN-appointed expert panel chaired by ... Richard Goldstone.' No-where in the article could I find any indication as to *why* the EU backed the Goldstone report. Did the EU conduct its own independent investigation, and find it congruous with Goldstone's? I think to some degree it's another sad case of the EU engaging in Israel-bashing. But: the parliamentary vote was close. And given its timing right after Israel announced its latest and highly controversial E Jerusalem housing scheme, I can't help but wonder if the vote might have otherwise failed. Unfair though it would have been of them, some MEPs, I suspect, decided to punish Israel for it building programme -- by voting in favour of the Goldstone report. Possibly another foregin policy failure to lay at the feet of the Netanyahu government? MV

    from the article: European Parliament endorses Goldstone Gaza report
    First published 16:54 10.03.10 | Last updated 22:12 10.03.10
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