The Goldstone investigation was conducted while Israel was boycotting the commission's work. The Israeli position was only received by the investigators through newspaper announcements and other public reports. On the other hand, Hamas cooperated fully. No wonder, the Report came out harder on Israel than it should have. But Goldstone is a judge, and judgment must be rendered even if the accused prefers not to offer a defense (as did Barghouti before an Israeli court). Now Goldstone has more detailed answers by Israel. Being a decent man, he states that his Report would have been different with the latest news. Could the Goldstone Report be retracted? No way. 1. Some accusations of war crimes seem to remain valid, such as the attack on policemen and the destruction of essential public installations such as a sewage treatment plant. 2. Goldstone complains in his op-ed that most Israeli investigations did not conclude yet and that their progress is frustratingly slow. Hence, the vast majority of his charges against IDF behavior are still without answer. 3. Goldstone is no longer an investigator but merely a "private citizen". He made his comments without having the ability to go over the details of the Israeli claims and subject them to "cross-examination". His announcement is the announcement of a decent man, but no longer "official". It gives Netanyahu a chance for a promising PR campaign, but as far as the Report itself, Netanyahu failed by not cooperating with a decent Jew and ZIONIST like Goldstone.
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