Goldstone: Israel didn’t target civilians
Judge Richard Goldstone said that if Israel had cooperated with his UN-sanctioned fact-finding mission into Operation Cast Lead and if he had known then what he knows today, « the Goldstone Report would have been a different document, » especially its allegations of « possible war crimes » directed at Israel.
In a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Goldstone wrote that while Hamas clearly indiscriminately targeted civilians, subsequent Israeli investigations indicated that civilians « were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy » by Israel. He lamented that Israel did not cooperate with his mission, as it would likely have influenced the Goldstone Report’s findings.
Goldstone also slammed the United Nations Human Rights Council, which commissioned the report, saying that the original mandate given to him was « skewed against Israel. »
While praising the IDF for following up on his report with « ‘lessons learned’ and policy changes, » he laments that « there has been no effort by Hamas in Gaza to investigate the allegations of its war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. »