The Goldstone report is seriously flawed in its terms of reference, its muddled application of legal doctrine and its highly selective investigation of circumstantial evidence.
However, Melanie Phillips ( JC, October 9) is wrong to dismiss it as a “blood libel.” Nor is she correct that we face “a genocidal war against the Jews.” Such extreme characterisations are no doubt a smokescreen aimed to prevent a proper examination of the Gaza war.
Elsewhere in your paper the better response to Goldstone is expressed by former Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Alan Baker who argues that Israel does need to set an independent inquiry into the war. Israel has the opportunity to demonstrate its attachment to the rule of law through a thorough review of all the evidence.
A commission of inquiry, chaired perhaps by former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak, would be the best response to Goldstone. John Strawson Stratford High Street, London E15