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
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