Goldstone said he was ''shocked, as a Jew,'' to be invited to head the mission.
''It adds an additional dimension,'' said Gladstone, who is on the board of governors at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. ''I've taken a deep interest in what happens in Israel. I'm associated with organizations that have worked in Israel. And I believe I can approach the daunting task that I have accepted in an evenhanded and impartial manner.''
The report was released yesterday and clearly lays out the case for war crimes against Israel, in their use of intentional and disproportionate force and complete disregard for civilian life.
Both the Israeli government (below) and Hamas, have rejected the report - which is a good indication that it is a fair reflection of the facts.
The interview below with an Israeli spokesman who makes the assertion the "we will not apologise for the fact that we are stronger than our enemies", and compares the role of the imprisoned, mainly civilian, population of beseiged Gaza to Germany in WWII demonstrates just how intent the Israeli's are on ignoring international condemnation and continuing the persecution of their neighbours. Israel's military and political stance is breeding extremism throughout the Islamic world, rightly or wrongly others see their shared supernatural belief with the victims of Israeli action to be an important bond.
The inability of the west to resolve the Israeli issue is the principal reason we all live in fear of terrorism - not Pakistan nor Afghanistan, the sooner we deal with the "Middle East Problem" decisively the better. Even the innocent sounding "Middle East Problem" is an equivocation created by an embarrassed west, problems are flat tyres and broken broadband not 1100 civilians dead at the hands of one of the best equipped armies in the world.