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Goldstone: Lukewarm US response disappointing

Nov. 8, 2009 8:51 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 9, 2009 5:40 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Richard Goldstone, the judge who led the UN investigation into Israel’s war on Gaza last winter, expressed his dissatisfaction with the "lukewarm" response his report received in the US.

In a weekly German political newspaper, das Parlament, Goldstone revealed that, "The reactions in the international community were very mixed, but the lukewarm reaction from the United States disappointed me," adding that, "I had hoped that our call to take legal steps and pursue people at a national level would fall on more open ears."

Goldstone’s comments follow the US House of Representatives passing of a resolution on Tuesday reproving Goldstone’s report, requesting that Obama’s administration oppose US support for it.

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed Goldstone's Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict on Friday, with 114 countries voting in favor of referring the report to the Security Council. The US voted against the motion.

The Goldstone report accused both Israel and Hamas combatants of committing war crimes during Israel’s three-week Operation Cast Led, in which 1,400 Palestinians were killed.

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