Saturday, April 2, 2011

Goldstone's 'Reconsideration': Too Little, Too Late?

Goldstone on Al Jazeera: "We took every precaution to check and double check every allegation..."

Judge Richard Goldstone today published a reconsideration of his report in the Washington Post and while it may have an impact on reasonable people, it will probably not make a dent in other's beliefs -- the so-called solidarity organizations and NGO's. One looks forward to a JStreet response, an organization that should have known better yet peddled it to American lawmakers.

As Jeffrey Goldberg says in his blog today, it's all well and good that Goldstone has now reconsidered the more libelous aspects of his report on the Gaza war, but it is now impossible to put the genie back in the bottle. The Goldstone Report has been the cornerstone of the delegitimization campaign by Israel-haters and we know darn well that it will be ignored if not vilified by them. Much of the world now believes that Israel deliberately killed civilians. 

Here is one the most telling lines: "The allegations of intentionality by Israel were based on the deaths of and injuries to civilians in situations where our fact-finding mission had no evidence on which to draw any other reasonable conclusion." But we drew it anyway.

And: "Our report found evidence of potential war crimes and “possibly crimes against humanity” by both Israel and Hamas. That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets." While the world ignored the Hamas portion of the report and focused almost exclusively on Israel.

And: "Israel’s lack of cooperation with our investigation meant that we were not able to corroborate how many Gazans killed were civilians and how many were combatants. The Israeli military’s numbers have turned out to be similar to those recently furnished by Hamas (although Hamas may have reason to inflate the number of its combatants)." But we took Hamas' word for it anyway and so did most everybody else.

Read the rest here.

*Update: Ehud Barak said today, "...that in order to repair the damage done by the Goldstone Report, the judge should present his current conclusions before all of the international bodies who were presented the original report and not merely give his opinion in an opinion article." I agree.


  1. I am so shocked at this. I don't know if you allow obscenity on this site so I'll do the silly star thing.
    Here is what I said in the mental letter I sent to him.

    You stupid f***ing idiot.
    You will go down in history as one or more of the following.
    1. A traitor that sold his name for fame.
    2. A dupe that was used by terrorists.
    3. A part of the strategy of using human shields.
    4. A person responsible for the white washing of terror, and therefore an aid to its continuance.
    5. Or my personally favorite "A stupid f****ing idiot."

    He will have many amends to make at yom kippour this year.


  2. Stan: Thank you for respecting this site's obscenity rules:)


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