The Israeli Foreign Ministry has released “Israel's Analysis and Comments on the Gaza Fact Finding Mission Report.”
· The Report all but ignores the deliberate terrorist strategy of operating in the heart of densely populated civilian areas which dictated the arena of battle. Even when the Hamas terrorists mixed among civilians, the Report rejects the notion that there was an intention to put the civilian population at risk.
· Astonishingly, despite the many widely reported instances in the international press of the abuse of civilian facilities by terrorist groups, and the statements of Hamas own leaders praising women and children who acted as human shields, the Report repeatedly stated that it could find no evidence of such activities. This, even despite its admission that those interviewed were "reluctant to speak about the presence or conduct of hostilities by the Palestinian armed groups".
· The Report also ignores
· While the Report passes judgment against
· Even the thousands of rocket attacks against Israelis which necessitated the
This is going to be a test for President Obama, the State Department, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice. The Israeli paper concludes that unless it is repudiated, the Goldstone Report will “broadcast a deeply troubling message to terrorist groups wherever they are that the cynical tactics of seeking to exploit civilian suffering for political ends actually pays dividends.”