Via Reuters, the Israeli government communicated to the UN Human Rights Council that it will not cooperate with an investigation into alleged Israeli and Hamas crimes surrounding the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli incursion into Gaza. The inquiry is to be lead by Judge Richard Goldstone, a highly regarded South African jurist and international humanitarian law scholar.
This is a shame. A decision to not cooperate with the investigation implies that Israel believes it has something to hide. I say this because Goldstone is the type of person who has no agenda but to get at the truth.
Over the long run, a public accounting of what did and did not happen during Operation Cast Lead can help lay the foundation for a lasting peace in the region. Let the man do his job.
It seems that the integrity of this man is precisely the problem. Were he to find that the IDF was in significant violation of Israeli or international conventions, the defensive stance they’ve regularly taken (“the UN has anti-Semitic elements”) would not be available.