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.

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