This stinks. The UK Foreign Office insists that since Goldwater himself hasn’t called for the report to be shelved (after issuing a mea culpa over it) they’re are not going to ask the UN to shelve it either. That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.
Well Dick Goldstone (can I call him that?) in fact did issue a statement that he would work to nullify it in the UN, making the British Foreign Office’s statement sound idiotic. KGS
Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu: Read the hand Cameron.
Britain pledges continued support for Goldstone report against Israel, even as Goldstone retracts allegations
The Commentator: […] On Saturday, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the UN immediately to cancel the report.
“Everything we said has proven to be true: Israel did not intentionally harm civilians, its institutions and investigative bodies are worthy, while Hamas intentionally fired upon innocent civilians and did not examine anything,” he said. “The fact that Goldstone backtracked must lead to the shelving of this report once and for all.”
Addressing his cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated his call referring to the report as “libel”.
“There are very few instances in which those who disseminate libels retract their libel. This happed in the case of the Goldstone Report. Goldstone himself said that all of the things that we have been saying all along are correct – that Israel never intentionally fired at civilians and that our inquiries operated according to the highest international standards. Of course, this is in complete contrast to Hamas who intentionally attacked and murdered civilians and naturally never carried out any sort of inquiry. This leads us to call for the immediate cancellation of the Goldstone Report.”
The UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, chaired by Richard Goldstone, submitted its report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2009. The report suggested that war crimes had been committed by all parties in the Gaza conflict. However, it has been used only against Israel and has served as the basis for an extensive anti-Israeli political and legal campaign in the international arena.
There have so far been three votes on the report in the United Nations. In the first, at the Human Rights Council, Britain absented itself. In the second, in the General Assembly, Britain abstained. In the third, also in the General Assembly, Britain voted in favour. All three votes were slightly different. The first asked countries to endorse the report’s findings; the second called for investigations on the basis of the report; and the third gave an extension to the time period in which those investigations should take place. But the move from abstention to outright support signaled a clear hardening of Britain’s position against the Jewish state.