Yesterday the Jerusalem Post reported that Justice Richard Goldstone would ask to UN to nullify his September 2009 report on Israel’s war in Gaza. The promise was reportedly made during a conversation with Israel’s interior minister Eli Yishai. Well, less than 24 hours later, Goldstone is denying that he told Yishai anything of the sort. What is more, he now says the report never even entered their discussion.
Goldstone now claims that Yishai had merely phoned to thank him for his op-ed last Friday in the Washington Post. The two never discussed the report itself, he says. He responded to Yishai by saying that his primary concern remains “truth, justice, and human rights.” Not one part of the report needs reconsideration at the present time, Goldstone maintains.
Did Yishai misinterpret Goldstone’s comments? Or was the interior minister misquoted in the press? Whatever the reason, Yishai needs to clarify why his account is the opposite of Goldstone’s.
Apparently the interior minister was already facing criticism from other members of the Israeli government yesterday, even before Goldstone contradicted him.
“The Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office have been working on plans to address Goldstone’s recent retraction of war crimes accusations against Israel,” Ynet reported. “Yishai did not coordinate his invitation with any political element dealing with the Goldstone issue and has not discussed the matter with the prime minister or foreign minister.”