Israel Made a Mistake by Not Cooperating With the Probe

AFP/ STOCKHOLM
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt spoke to Swedish Radio on Thursday Oct. 8 2009; He said that he supports a UN report on war crimes were committed by both sides during the Israel-Hamas Gaza conflict.

Carl Bildt said that Israel committed “a mistake” by not cooperating with the Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildtprobe, which he called an “independent” and “serious” report which demands serious treatment.
He added that the report of South African jurist Richard Goldstone alleged that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes during Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip last winter. He also added that the South African jurist Richard Goldstone is a person with “high credibility” and “high integrity” and that his report carries weight.

EU Backs UN Gaza Report, Disappointing Israel

AFP/ STOCKHOLM/ One hour ago
The European Union backed on Thursday a contentious UN report blasting Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, praising its chief author and saying the document is “worthy of consideration.”

Israel immediately expressed disappointment at the support from Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt — whose country holds the EU presidency — and said it showed that Bildt had either not read the report or misunderstood it.

“It is worthy of consideration needless to say, I think Mr Goldstone is a person of high credibility and high integrity and accordingly his report carries weight,” Bildt told reporters in Stockholm.
The report by a fact-finding mission led by former international war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone accused both Israel and Palestinian armed groups of committing war crimes in the three-week Gaza war that erupted on 27 December, 2008.

“It is now in the Human Rights Council (based in Geneva) and that’s where we think it should be deliberated, it is an independent report,” Bildt added.

In Israel, foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said: “Anyone who had bothered reading the report and not just the headlines in the press would realise this is not an independent or professional investigation but a collection of claims brought forward by Hamas to the members of the panel.

“The Swedish foreign minister’s words are very disappointing because they show that either he did not read the text or that he really did not understand what was written in it,” he told AFP.

More than 1,300 Palestinians were killed in Israel’s land, sea and air assault, Operation Cast Lead, launched in the impoverished coastal strip to stop Hamas militants firing rockets at Israeli civilians.

3 comments to Israel Made a Mistake by Not Cooperating With the Probe

  • om

    finally some one who stands against the atrocites that the israelies are inflicting daily to the palestinians

  • This kind of mealy mouthed “opposition” by European State spokesmen is designed by them to play into the hands of Israel. Let it be remembered that “Israel” (in reality Occupied Palestine) is a creation of European Marxist Socialist Zionist machinations. It was Stalin who initially armed Israel and the NSDAP: the National Socialist German Worker’s Party’s Adolph Hitler’s Ha’avara agreement that began the invasion of the Holy Land by the Jews. Britain was the prime mover for a very long time (Balfour etc.) and the Banks that funded all of it – Rothschild and Kuhn-Loeb etc are European Jew banks. The Zio-colonialism of the United States by European and Middle Eastern Talmudic Jewry and its participation in the Naqba is absolutely deplorable, but the U.S. is not the original, Europe is, and it will come back to European support for “Israel” that the ZioNazis will rely on.

    Free Palestine Now!!

    Steve

  • Rabbit

    The endless Zionist bias still does not cease, even with Sweden and the EU’s courageous stand. It is courageous given the vindictiveness and inherant violence of the Zionist state. This harping on how the Goldstone Report allegedly accused both Hamas and the IDF of War Crimes is the classic example of the insidious bias which never leaves us. In fact the report categorised and proved and stated categorically, the the IDF committed war crimes and it specified which. Incidentally all of them it seems. It did at the same time attach a gratuitious remark in conclusion to the effect “Hamas may have committed war crimes with its rocket fire at civilian targets” which means absolutely nothing, it is a qualified statement with no factual claims or any basis for same, it is merely a light coat of whitewash, attempting to hide the fact that after all the accusations coming from israel, nothing was actually found to substantiate their claims against Hamas.

    This is of course a simple, rational and quite undeniable statement of fact, it is not an opinion, it is not hate speach, it does not indeed even make any reference to my personal feelings about it, I could as easily write those same words if I was an honest Zionist. Goldstone is not only Jewish, he is an avowed Zionist, something which is not once referred to in this AFP article I should add…

    However, unless you happened to have dropped from the sky in yesterday’s rain shower, you probably realise that what I wrote will qualify as everything from “Hate speach, holocaust denial, anti-semitism and wanting to see all Jews die as well as Israel destroyed and of course I would just have qualified for the title of “Latest Hitler on the Block”

    These Zionists are starting to annoy me, and I have nothing but loathing and disrespect for them, but I couldn;t care less if they lived or died, beyond the demand they start living like human beings and at least accept the Arab peace plan, which is a DAMNED generous compromise on the part of the palestinians most of whom accept it.

    Personally I would demand you return to your mandated (illegally mandated at that) Un declared borders and actually showed you deserve to even breath our air, you rotten Zionists scum. Lucky for you I’m only a supporter and not a Palestinian.

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