UN Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes
It is no surprise that the 575 page UN Goldstone Commission Report investigating war crimes committed during the Gaza War harshly and unjustly accuses Israel’s Army of committing war crimes.
For the past 40 years, most actions coming out of the UN are heavily influenced by the Moslem and African bloc of third world nations which have been consistently hostile and anti-Israel. This report is no different.
Despite the fact that Israel absorbed over 8000 rockets in its southern cities over a period of years before attacking Gaza, and despite the fact that Israel gave the Palestinians control of Gaza and forced their own people out for the sake of peace only to see Gaza turned into an armed terrorist camp bent on Israel’s destruction, the UN Goldstone Report conveniently ignores these realities and reserves its harshest criticisms for Israel. The UN’s record of consistent anti-Israel reports and resolutions remains unbroken.
To say that Israeli officials across the political spectrum were furious is an understatement. Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated that the report was a shameful chapter in the history of international law regarding the right of nations to defend themselves.
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yossi Levy, told Army Radio, We reject any comparison between a democratic country defending itself and a terrorist organization.
Gerald Steinberg reporting for the Jeruslem Post observed that the Goldstone Report accuses Israel of violating international law by committing acts of terror, while it refrains from directly accusing Hamas of violating those laws. Worse, the report never even admits that Hamas is a terrorist organization.
One of the UN reports authors, Professor Christine Chinkin, splendidly displayed her anti-Israel bias when she categotrically rejected Israels’s right to self defense against rocket attacks from Gaza and accused Israel of aggression and “prima facie” war crimes (Jerusalem Post).
Despite the fact that Palestinian terrorists indiscriminately launched over 8000 rockets into Israeli cities over a period of years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) shrugged off any responsibility for the war and proclaimed that the report confirmed allegations that Israel had committed war crimes. (Jerusalem Post)
The PA then had the brazen gall to demand that Israeli civilian and security officials responsible for the war be brought to trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Of course, this is intended to further isolate and criminalize Israel in the world community.
The, the PA conveniently welcomed the charges against its sworn enemy Hamas and added that Hamas was responsible for atrocities against the Palestinians (but failed to say the same about Israel). This report is clearly a win/win for the Abbas and the PA he heads.
Feeling safe from serious prosecution and sensing the anti-Israel bias of the Commission’s Report, Hamas’s Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh…called on the United Nations to charge Israeli leaders with war crimes while rejecting the panel’s accusations against his group.” The Palestinian people acted in self defense”, he said.
Here is where it gets dangerous for Israel and creates a moment of truth in the relationship between the Obama Administration and Israel.
As the LA Times reports, The four panel UN commission has called on both Israel and Hamas to appoint independent investigators for separate inquiries into their own conduct. If that is not done, it said, the UN Security Council should refer the report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Everyone knows this will turn out badly for Israel. Israel has already rejected this demand as well as Hamas and the Palestinians.
If the panel refers the matter to the ICC, the ICC will likely allow prosecution of the Israeli Army, rule against Israel and criminalize the actions of Israel’s army against the terrorists further demonizing and isolating Israel in the world community. This is completely irrational but nevertheless likely.
Of course there is no chance that Hamas will appoint such a commission. It’s laughable really–to expect a terrorist organization to appoint an independent panel to review its activities. You must be kidding. Sadly…little will be required of them if they don’t comply.
The only way to stop this blatantly anti-Israel campaign is if the US exercises its veto and stops any move by the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the ICC. The US has routinely done so in the past…but will President Obama do so now?
Why Wouldn’t President Obama Act to Halt this Injustice?
- Obama has scheduled a tripartite peace “powwow” in Washington at the end of this month between the Palestinians and Israel.
- The Palestininas have said they will not come until Israel freezes all settlement construction.
- Israel has said it will come but not stop all settlement construction.
- Therefore the Palestinians have a good excuse not to come.
- President Obama (who politically needs to keep his peace initiative alive) may simply say to Israel either stop all settlement construction in the west bank or the US will not veto the motion to refer the commissions accusations against Israel to the ICC. This would amount to political extortion.
- In other words, it may not be in the best interests of his political agenda to protect Israel as other US Presidents have done.
What should Israel do if this happens?
In my view Israel should say no to the halt of all construction. That would put the political ball back in the President’s hands. If Obama refuses to veto the UN Commissions recommendation to refer the matter to the ICC and expose Israel to this injustice, it would most certainly expose him to great political peril here in the US from the Christian right, and the many in both political parties, as well as the House and Senate that support Israel. It may also have a dramatic and negative effect on the US Jewish mainstream who have so far stood with the President.
I believe he will do the right thing even if it’s just in his own interest to do so. However, for the reasons stated above, it wouldn’t shock me if he threw Israel under the bus to teach them a lesson and allowed the UN to refer the matter to the anti-Israel International Criminal Court.
Let’s all pray that our President will do the right and just thing and stand with Israel against the rising tide of anti-Semitism around the globe.