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Dershowitz: Israel`s new Goldstone
Dershowitz: Israel's Goldstone?
Dershowitz: Israelís New Goldstone
Richard Silverstein
January 28, 2010

Sometimes I think the Israeli governmentís deliberations are so ludicrous theyíre meant to be comic. Take Israelís so-called answer to the Goldstone Report. The UN investigative body gave the parties to the Gaza war three months to respond by opening a credible investigation of the charges in the report. Israel has dithered the entire time and for most of it absolutely refused to consider doing so. The thinking clearly was that wind would die out of the sails of the Report and Israel could get away with doing nothing.

Dershowitz: Israel`s new Goldstone to investigate Cast Lead?

Instead, just the opposite has happened. The world has taken Goldstone seriously and now it appears Israel will have toĖnot take Goldstone seriouslyĖbut figure out a way to appear to be taking it seriously. Haaretz reports that the government is contemplating establishing a limited investigation which would have none of the trappings of a formal commission of inquiry. It would not have subpoena power. It could not question IDF operational commanders. It could not examine specific incidents in the way Goldstone did. All it could do would be to examine IDF investigations of those incidents. It could also interview politicians and generals responsible for creating the military doctrine on which Cast Lead was fought. The goal is to limit any inquiry to the specific question: did Israel systematically target Gaza civilian infrastructure for destruction.

In effect, what the government is doing shrewdly is taking the hardest element of the Goldstone Report to prove conclusively and saying: OK, weíll agree to examine this one limited question. We wonít examine specific incidents to determine whether they are war crimes. We wonít ask specific commanders how they and their troops behaved in the field.

But Iím saving the best for lastĖand this is where the real comedy creeps in: Bibi wants a real swell cast of characters to sit on this committee. They would be Israeli jurists and an `international jurist` of renown. No, silly theyíre not talking about Richard Falk! Who else but Alan Dershowitz!! I kid you not. Now do you get the joke?

Sometimes I get to feeling sorry for poor olí Holocaust: heís beaten and battered by certain Israeli opportunists attempting to guilt the world into never criticizing that country for anything it does. So comes news that senior government ministers will be blanketing world capitals for Yom HaShoah which happens to coincide closely with the three month deadline mentioned above. Hereís Ynetnewsí subheadline:
Peres in Berlin, Netanyahu in Auschwitz, Lieberman in Budapest and Edelstein at UN headquarters in New York all plan attack UN report into Gaza war on International Holocaust Day.

The clear message: We suffered, baby. Donít you dare think you can lay Goldstone on us. We wonít take it. After losing six million donít you think youíve taken enough from us? Canít they let old Holocaust be? Canít it just be a historical event and not a Rorschach test for Jewish identity?

:: Article nr. 62718 sent on 29-jan-2010 07:55 ECT


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