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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-17-09 07:42 PM
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Source: Report won't halt peace talks
Boy, I just don't know what to think now. Peace talks are still possible after all.

The endorsement of the Goldstone report by the UN Human Rights Council on Friday will not postpone negotiations with the Palestinians but will complicate making territorial concessions and make it harder to reach an agreement, a source close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday.

After the UN body in Geneva voted to endorse the 575-page document compiled by South African jurist Richard Goldstone on alleged war crimes by both Israel and the Palestinians during last winter's Gaza offensive, Netanyahu convened a team of ministers and officials to examine the report. Sources close to Netanyahu said on Friday that Israel must prepare for a protracted struggle against the document.

He told them to "delegitimize the deligitimization," adding that "Goldstone was a symptom of a wider phenomenon .... The UN has returned to the dark days during which it equated Zionism with racism," the prime minister added, saying the international community supported a moral norm of "retreat, take fire and remain silent."

According to Netanyahu, this formula should be changed to "retreat, take fire and give fire." In the report on Operation Cast Lead, Goldstone's researchers accused Israel of using disproportionate force, deliberately targeting civilians, using Palestinians as human shields and destroying civilian infrastructure to root out Gaza rocket squads.
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