I be­lieved that this would be in Is­rael’s in­ter­ests

The in­ter­na­tional judge who led the UN in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Gaza war re­sponds for the first time to crit­i­cisms of his re­port

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I cer­tainly hope that Is­rael will launch its own pub­lic, in­de­pen­dent and good­faith in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­duct of Op­er­a­tion Cast Lead. A re­fusal to launch such an in­quiry will fairly be in­ter­preted as an at­tempt to hide the true state of af­fairs. tional hu­man rights law and in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law to pre­vent fur­ther vi­o­la­tions.

Given that the re­port detailed se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by both Is­rael and Ha­mas, and other armed Pales­tinian groups, this ad­di­tion ap­peared to me to be ad­e­quate. Af­ter all, there were no spe­cific ref­er­ences to Is­raeli vi­o­la­tions in the para­graphs re­fer­ring to the re­port. No one was left in any doubt that the res­o­lu­tion in­cluded al­leged vi­o­la­tions by Pales­tini­ans.

A pro­por­tion­ate re­sponse from Is­rael would have been the tar­get­ing of com­bat­ants, ie mem­bers of the mil­i­tant armed groups. What hap­pened was a huge mil­i­tary as­sault against all of the peo­ple of the Gaza Strip. Again, there has been no re­sponse from Is­rael to jus­tify the bomb­ing of some 200 in­dus­trial fac­to­ries, in­clud­ing the only flour­pro­duc­ing fa­cil­ity, and a sub­stan­tial part of the egg-pro­duc­ing in­dus­try that in­volved the killing of many thou­sands of chick­ens — not to men­tion the bull­doz­ing of huge tracts of agri­cul­tural land. Such a pro­por­tion­ate re­sponse might well have in­volved com­mando op­er­a­tions. That would cer­tainly not be

I am cer­tainly a tra­di­tional Zion­ist: UN in­ves­ti­ga­tor Richard Gold­stone

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