Via Reuters, the Israeli government communicated to the UN Human Rights Council that it will not cooperate with an investigation into alleged Israeli and Hamas crimes surrounding the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli incursion into Gaza. The inquiry is to be lead by Judge Richard Goldstone, a highly regarded South African jurist and international humanitarian law scholar.
This is a shame. A decision to not cooperate with the investigation implies that Israel believes it has something to hide. I say this because Goldstone is the type of person who has no agenda but to get at the truth.
Over the long run, a public accounting of what did and did not happen during Operation Cast Lead can help lay the foundation for a lasting peace in the region. Let the man do his job.