The Goldstone report was essentially flawed - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 26.10.09 | 19:03 (IST)

    because of its biased mandate, according to Israel, AIPAC and Cipora. This is the cornerstone of Israel's defence. The mandate for the Goldstone Mission was ?to investigate all violations of international human rights law/humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in Gaza during the period from 27 December 2008 (to) 18 January 2009, whether before, during or after.? That doesn't seem particularly flawed or biased, seems pretty clear-cut in fact. Goldstone expanded it sensibly. He started his review 6 months earlier, from the date of the ceasefire. And he added a tour de force setting out the background from 1967, thereby putting in context this latest outbreak of war. It's hard to fault the mandate. It's even harder to fault Goldstone's historical and practical approach, which was an excellent judicial summary. I think this is just a clumsy PR attempt to discredit the report. Another Israeli miss.

    from the article: Investigating the IDF would be the real war crime
    First published 01:00 26.10.09 | Last updated 09:45 26.10.09
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