Predictably, the US criticizes the Goldstone Report
In yet another expected move, the United States government has criticized the Goldstone report. According to a spokesperson for the Obama administration:
“Although the report addresses all sides of the conflict, its overwhelming focus is on the actions of Israel,” spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
“While the report makes overly sweeping conclusions of fact and law with respect to Israel, its conclusions regarding Hamas’ deplorable conduct and its failure to comply with international humanitarian law during the conflict are more general and tentative,” he added.
While one wouldn’t have expected, as I wrote earlier, for the report to have any consequences or any repercussions for the State of Israel, the administration’s response is truly ridiculous.
The ‘overly sweeping conclusions’ are drawn from evidence – the interviews, the investigation, the testimony (including that of IDF soldiers). The Israeli government did not even cooperate for the report! And while sure, Hamas firing rockets into Israel is deplorable, just look at the count of people who were killed. From the report:
Based on extensive field research, non-governmental organizations place the overall number of persons killed between 1,387 and 1,417. The Gaza authorities report 1,444 fatal casualties. The Government of Israel provides a figure of 1,166.
According to the Government of Israel, during the military operations there were 4 Israeli fatal casualties in southern Israel, of whom 3 were civilians and one soldier, killed by rockets and mortars attacks by Palestinian armed groups. In addition, 9 Israeli soldiers were killed during the fighting inside the Gaza strip, 4 of whom as a result of friendly fire.
So 1,444 v/s 13? Atleast based on this reaction, the Obama administration – like George W. Bush’s government – doesn’t seem to care a bit for what the United Nations (which does have a lot of problems) says or thinks or recommends. This statement will really not help the US if they’re looking to broker a peace deal in the region, nor will it build any trust in the Obama administration.