August 18

Israelis go on offensive ahead of UN report

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Officials with Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction, rejected the Israeli report. Izzat Risheq, a senior Hamas official, called it a “lie promoted by the occupation to cover up its crimes.” He said “the hand of justice will reach the perpetrators.”The new Israeli report is part of a broader campaign aimed at blunting the coming report by the U.N. Human Rights Commission.Over the weekend, Israel released a report compiled by a group of retired Western military officers who found that Israel met or “significantly exceeded” the international laws of war. The report was sponsored by the “Friends of Israel Initiative,” a pro-Israel group of retired politicians and diplomats from around the world.“Those who want to know the truth should read this report and read the report of the top generals,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet. “Whoever wants a baseless automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the U.N. report.”Israel has had a contentious relationship with the U.N. Human Rights Council for years, saying it is stacked with countries that themselves have poor human rights records and has focused disproportionate attention on Israel. Top Stories The Palestinians also claim that the Israeli military is incapable of investigating itself — a concern that was underscored last week when an army investigation cleared troops of any wrongdoing in an airstrike that killed four Palestinian children on a beach last summer.___Online:” alt=”last_img” /> read more