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Show Face In fact, the U.S. became Israel's Defense Shield


U.S. envoy to the UN has been siding with Israel against the UN report which concluded that Israeli forces committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip during the attack which happened recently.

In an America's first official response to the report Goldstone, Susan Rice, Ambassador to the UN said, "We have long expressed our very serious concerns with the mandate given by the Human Rights Council prior to joining our board, which is seen as unbalanced, one side and basically unacceptable. "

"Member States must once and for all replace the words of anti-Israel spicy with a recognition of" legitimacy "of Israel and the right to live in peace and security," said Ambassador Susan Rice at the conference in Jerusalem (Al-Quds) on Wednesday .

"We will stand beside our friends in the front line and we will uphold the rights to defend themselves," added Rice.

He made the comment when the UN General Assembly is expected to discuss the reports prepared by the former South African judge Richard Goldstone, a year ago after approved by the Human Rights Council.

The report by a team of experts led by Goldstone, said Israel was using disproportionate force and failing to protect civilians in an attack December 27 to January 18 against the Palestinians in Gaza.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, however, condemned the report on Wednesday, saying "It is a shame that a respected institution like the United Nations provides a platform for spreading" lies "and" story essay "about Israel."

In Thursday editions of The New York Times, Goldstone nor deny allegations that the basic findings of the UN mission was biased.

"I strongly believe in the rule of law and the laws of war, and the principle that civilians in armed conflict as much as possible ought to be protected from harm," he wrote. "In the fighting in Gaza, all parties who violate the basic principle."

"Israel should be investigated," Goldstone writes. "They have to examine exactly what happened and punish any soldiers or commanders who are found violating the law."

As much as 600-page report was presented on Tuesday, accused Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Goldstone suggests referring to the conclusions of the report to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, if Israel failed to conduct a credible investigation within six months.

Israeli officials, angry at what they call a biased mandate, did not participate in the investigation and has rejected the findings. Netanyahu on Thursday repeated Israel's right to defend itself during a television interview before Rosh Hashana.

"I told international leaders: You tell us that you support our right to defend ourselves. Do not say to us after the next deal, tell us now," Netanyahu said on Channel 2. "Reject the findings of this commission."

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters after the council meeting, Riyad Mansour, the permanent observer of Palestine, Palestinian officials said was not ready to meet with their counterparts from Israel until they stop all settlement activity, including "natural growth".

"Until now, the Israelis did not meet their obligations under the road map," said Mansour. "We will not return to the talks until Israel meets its obligations."

Asked on Thursday if the Palestinian authorities will investigate war crimes, Mansour citing reports the New York Times quoted Ahmed Yousef, senior advisor to Hamas in Gaza, who said local authorities would do it. Yousef stressed government's position that a rocket fired by Gaza residents to defend themselves and that civilians were killed in Israeli attacks since the Palestinians have only "primitive weapons."

Some members of Congress issued a sharp condemnation of the Consolidated Goldstone, who said they ignored the need for Israel to "defend itself" in the fight against terrorism.

"In a fantasy world inhabited by the author (Goldstone), there is no such thing as terrorism, there is no such thing as Hamas, there is no such thing as legitimate self defense," Gary Ackerman, a representative from New York, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, said in a statement.

"Of course, the United States must do all we can to ensure as little as possible time wasted on these disorders from the real work for peace," he said.

In a similar vein, a joint statement by Shelley Berkley Reps. Nevada and Eliot Engel of New York's staunch defense of Israel's right to defend itself against rocket and mortar attacks from the north and south.



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