Netanyahu is using the Big Lie technique on Goldstone - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    "Hamas confirmed for the first time on Monday that between 200 and 300 members of the organization's military wing were killed during Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip at the end of 2008, Israel Radio reported." - Haartez// You would think after Netanyahu's statement that Hamas admitted that most Casualties were militants. Not at all. Gaza claimed 1,444 fatalities in Cast Lead, while B'tselem verifie (after interviews etc.) 1387 dead, of whom 330 took part in the hostilities and an additional 36 dead were it could not be determined if they took part in the hostilities. The issue for Goldstone was not this, but the attack on policeman, 99 of whom were killed in the initial bombing, and overall, Goldstone claims about 240 police were killed. (B'tselem claims 248 killed in police stations.) Goldstone reports on the police: "The Mission finds that, while a great number of the Gaza policemen were recruited among Hamas supporters or members of palestinian armed groups, the Gaza police were a civilian law-enforcement agency. The Mission also concludes that the [99] policemenn killed on 27 December 2008 (initial bombings) cannot be said to have been taking a direct part of hostilities and thus did not lose their civilian immunity from direct attack.. " Hamas' figure are not in conflict with anything known and were no surprise. They certainly don't contradict anything Goldstone said, as Netanyahu the deceiver would let you believe. Note that even we accept that policemen were also militant, and take the 36 questionable militants killed to be militant, there were 614 "militants" killed, which constitutes 44.3% of total killed. This is not the same as "at least 50 percent of the Palestinian casualties had been Hamas operatives", which Yahoo claims. I think Netanyahu ows Goldstone an apology for misrepresenting his rather accurate findings.

    from the article: Netanyahu: Nuclear-armed Iran is the greatest danger facing Israel
    First published 20:13 08.11.10 | Last updated 20:13 08.11.10
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