When the Goldstone Report was first published, the world waved their accusatory finger at Israel and joined in unison to say: “We told you so!”
Richard Goldstone, a South African judge of Jewish origin this week wrote a feature for the Washington Post in which he said: “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”
The original Goldstone Report was commissioned by the United Nations to probe alleged war crimes carried out by Israel and Hamas during the 2008 conflict. The Goldstone Report targeted criminalized Israel in its findings.
The report released 15th September 2009, accused Israeli Defence Forces and Palestinian militants of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It called on both accused to investigate specific events and conduct or be charged before the International Criminal Court.
Now a final UN enquiry headed by Justice Mary McGowan Davis determined that “Israel has dedicated significant resources to investigate over 400 allegations of operational misconduct in Gaza while the de facto authorities (Hamas) have not conducted any investigations into the launching of rocket and mortar attacks against Israel.”
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called upon the United Nations to ‘nullify the report.’ “We expect this farce to be rectified immediately,” Netanyahu said. He added it should be thrown into ‘the dustbin of history.
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said, “Better late than never, but the rectification must be stronger than a newspaper article. The report was based on a fundamental failure and not a factual one.”
I’m waiting for the United Nations to insist Hamas be brought before the International Criminal Court. I believe that was the recommendation they accepted two years ago.