The Goldstone Report on Israel’s conduct in the Gaza war, endorsed by the UN General Assembly on November 5, has taken on a life of its own in the court of world public opinion. Increasingly, both its enthusiasts and its detractors see it as a weapon, even more potent than the UN’s Zionism-Racism resolution of November 1975, in a campaign to render illegitimate the very existence of the state of Israel.
So loud has the drumbeat over the Report become, and so widening its repercussions, that an entire website—cited in the first item below—is needed to collect the facts and to keep track of the debate on all sides. Below, two representative arguments, pro and con, are offered by a leading Arab newspaper and a leading American one. They are followed by longer critical analyses by, respectively, a moral philosopher and a legal expert. Finally, excerpts from two books help to place today’s issues in the context of a long-running internal Jewish debate.
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