Israel ready to respond to UN on Gaza findings 28Dec09 December 29, 2009
Ma’an News Agency -Â 28 December 2009
An Israeli news outlet reported on Monday that the countryâs 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 Goldstoneâs 575-page report on the Gaza war.
The website of Israelâs Reshet Bet radio station reported that Israel will soon deliver its response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after Israelâs political and military leaders debate whether to make public their findings.
The news site also said that Israelâs response was the result of months of deliberations involving the Prime Ministerâs 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 Goldstoneâs findings, including the results of 120 domestic investigations.
Hundreds of women and children were among the 1,400 Palestinians killed in Israelâs three-week attack on Gaza last winter. Thirteen Israelis also died.