So much has been written about the Goldstone Report. The Israeli leadership has criticized it for being unfair, while the Palestinian leadership has commended it.
The report findings as a response to what occurred during Operation Cast Lead was not strong in its condemnation of Hamas for their terrorist acts against the citizens of Israel over the last eight years of the firing of Qassam missiles into Israeli towns in the south.
The intentions of Hamas terrorists were clear - to maim and kill as many innocent men, women and children as possible. Eight thousand Qassam rockets were fired over an eight year period to achieve this object. The damage to property was great but injuries and death to Israeli citizens was relatively low. This could be explained for two reasons:
- The inaccuracy of the Qassam rocket which is primitive.
- The discipline of the citizens vulnerable to the rocket attacks made their way to security rooms when siren warnings were sounded.
It could have ended very differently had the citizens not been well drilled during rocket attacks. This is in contrast to the Palestinians in
Excesses against the Palestinians did occur resulting in heavy injuries and loss of innocent lives.
The Goldstone Report relied heavily on Palestinian witnesses whose credibility was questionable. There were hardly any Israeli witnesses to counteract which unfortunately did not give a full and unbiased picture of the Goldstone Report.
Despite all the weaknesses inherent in the report due to inaccurate assessments,
Which country on earth would tolerate the firing of 8000 Qassam missiles on its civilian population during a period of eight years? The
The fact that
Hamas has demonized
The Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands does weaken
The Goldstone Report does make mention of accountability by both
Hamas even shot Fatah supporters in the legs in
The Goldstone Report has emphasized
The fairness of the report is questionable taking into account the circumstances that provoked
The Goldstone Report may have come to the correct conclusions as far as human abuses are concerned but the emphasis on