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Goldstone: IDF must punish officers for Gaza war crimes
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"United Nations investigator Richard Goldstone, whose commission of inquiry found Israel guilty of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, said Monday that Israel Defense Forces soldier and officers must be held accountable for any violations to military standards.

Goldstone's findings outraged Israeli officials across the political and military spectrum, who accused the former South African judge of bias and failure to sufficiently recognize as war crimes Hamas' rocket fire during the winter offensive.

In an exclusive interview with Channel 2 on Monday, Goldstone said IDF soldiers who committed the violations, as well as the commanders who failed to reprimand them, must stand trial for their offenses.

The former judge also said that Israel should have taken the opportunity for an internal investigation of the IDF's conduct during the offensive.

J Street, the left-wing pro-Israel lobby group in the U.S., made a similar plea for an internal IDF probe on Monday."

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J Street statement on Goldstone Report

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"Today, J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement:

J Street has reviewed the Goldstone report in its entirety over the past several days.

J Street agrees with Israelis, such as Minister Isaac Herzog, that some of the concerns with the report would have been better addressed had the Israeli Government cooperated with the investigation in presenting its own findings.

We urge the Israeli government to establish an independent state commission of inquiry to investigate the accusations, something Israel has done on several occasions in the past.

J Street strongly condemns Hamas for its actions both before and during the Gaza war actions which the report says may amount to crimes against humanity.

The past cannot be changed by reports and commissions. Israelis, Palestinians and the international community led by the United States must focus on forging a better future beginning with this weeks trilateral meeting hosted by President Obama.

Purposeful and assertive action is needed now to avert future rounds of violence and bloodshed. A two-state solution, achieved in short order, is the best alternative for Israel to ongoing insecurity and endless rounds of investigations and international opprobrium.

J Street will continue to focus on advancing this goal and supporting those with the courage to lead the way in making the right choices and tough compromises necessary to achieve peace and security in the Middle East and to advance American interests in the region.


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