I also don't understand what made him retract, but retract he did (no quotation marks). Now the best comment you can make about Mr. Goldstone is that he tends to base his views (in this case at least) on flimsy evidence and hence that he is not a very reliable expert. But then you should relate in the same way to the eponymous report. Aside from that, he does justify Israel in not cooperating with his committee since he admits that the UN human rights commission is biased against Israel. Tough luck Eldar: I already said that Goldstone's retraction was a blow to some people on 'Haaretz'.
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from the article: What exactly did Goldstone 'retract' from his report on Gaza?