Both the IDF and the legal system of Israel do suspend officers, and even sends some of them to jails for war crimes. In Gaza ruthless killers are promoted as heroes and martyrs.
Many Israelis reacted angrily to the UNHRC’s probe of Israel’s prosecution of Operation Cast Lead.
Because the United Nations is presenting Israel, a liberal democracy, as the moral equivalent of Hamas. That is wickedness.
Because Hamas is an illegal terrorist organization dedicated to the commission of genocide against Israelis. Yet in their anger, they missed the real problem with the report.
As Prof. Avi Bell from Bar Ilan University law school notes, Richard Goldstone’s report does not present Israel and Hamas as moral equivalents. Rather, it presents Israel as terrorist and Hamas as a legitimate government.
The Goldstone Report does not accept as fact that Hamas is a terrorist organization. And that Hamas consequently, in accordance with binding UN Security Council resolutions, all UN member states are required to work to disband it and give no quarter to its members and supporters.
Instead it treats Hamas as equal with Israel. An Radical Islamic militant organization which is charter-bound to a policy of genocide against Jews and rose to power through a campaign of murder and intimidation.
In the UNHRC’s parallel universe, Hamas is the only lawful actor in town. Israel – and the Palestinian Authority under Fatah – are guilty of illegally persecuting Hamas by arresting its members.
Hamas, which is working to establish a terrorist Islamic theocracy in Gaza, is not seen as systematically violating human rights and freedom. Israel is. The Goldstone report downplayed the 12,000 rockets, mortars and missiles that Hamas and its terror affiliates in Gaza have shelled southern Israel with during the eight years preceding Operation Cast Lead.
Doing this, the Goldstone Commission was unable to understand the overwhelming popularity the operation enjoyed among the Israeli public. The Goldstone Report also downplays the importance of Hamas’s systematic persecution of women, Christians and its political opponents.
Source: Inspired by the Column One in Jerusalem Post, written by Caroline Glick.