A Fair-minded Critique of the Goldstone Report
Richard Goldstone is getting lots of flak for his recent report on the conflict in Gaza. Much of this flak is either undeserved or way over the top. But the unreasonableness of some of his critics does not mean his report was actually good and wise and fair. The basic problem, as I see it, was that Goldstone and his team was unable to determine crucial but contested facts with an even minimally acceptable level of reliability. Yet the Report (and Goldstone should have known this) made a variety of official sounding “findings of fact” which are going to be used by anti-Israel propagandists for decades. A fuller description of this critique is developed in great detail here by Trevor Norwitz, a partner at the well-known U.S. law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz. It seems like a sensible critique and one that folks like Goldstone should take to heart next time they are offered an impossible fact-finding mission.