Israel ready to respond to UN on Gaza findings 28Dec09 December 29, 2009

Ma’an News Agency -  28 December 2009

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An Israeli news outlet reported on Monday that the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs completed its response to a UN report alleging war crimes in Gaza.

Israel refused to cooperate with South African Jurist Richard Goldstone’s UN Fact Finding Mission into last winter’s Gaza war. In November the UN General Assembly asked Israel and Palestinian authorities to carry out their own investigations of the allegations in Goldstone’s 575-page report on the Gaza war.

The website of Israel’s Reshet Bet radio station reported that Israel will soon deliver its response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after Israel’s political and military leaders debate whether to make public their findings.

The news site also said that Israel’s response was the result of months of deliberations involving the Prime Minister’s Office, the Justice Ministry, the National Security Council, and the Foreign Ministry.

The report also says a senior Israeli military official recently presented UN officials in New York with an Israeli rebuttal of Goldstone’s findings, including the results of 120 domestic investigations.

Hundreds of women and children were among the 1,400 Palestinians killed in Israel’s three-week attack on Gaza last winter. Thirteen Israelis also died.


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