"Intentionality" is still the test - Kol Hakavod Akiva. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ussishkin
    • 12.04.11 | 12:36 (IDT)

    What is it about us that makes us refuse to be accountable - if not to the international community then at least to ourselves? Very recently the Attorney General announced that we do keep to international law, but there are too many questions that cast doubt on that statement and if as Akiva Eldar tells us A.G. Weinstein's work to fulfil a pledge to a court is still 'incomplete' how does he expect us to comply with international laws? The biggest and most fundamental question about our handling of Cast Lead remains unanswered - the test of 'intentionality', to which Akiva Eldar refers, and which was and is crucial to the Goldstone findings. As with so many other post-war, post-incident examples, we are slow to investigate, often obfuscate and in the process seek to smear those accusing us, all in the hope that the more we behave in this way the more likely people will just tire of us and walk away. This never passes the test of intentionality. This we are always guilty of and if we are guilty of intentionality after the fact, the shadows of doubt are cast more and more deeply over our intentionality in the commission of the act itself - in the war we fought against Gaza called Cast Lead. As long as we do not investigate, and continue to obfuscate, take our time, smear the name of Goldstone, etc etc the longer the shadows of doubt remain over us.

    from the article: What exactly did Goldstone 'retract' from his report on Gaza?
    First published 03:08 12.04.11 | Last updated 03:08 12.04.11
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