Washington - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) today sent a letter to United Nations General Secretary Ban ki-Moon asking him to urge the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Human Rights Council to revoke resolutions against Israel that were based on the faulty conclusions of the Goldstone report.
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post this week, Judge Goldstone, who was a former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and headed the report along with three other appointed members, recanted the report's conclusions and acknowledged that Israel did not intentionally target civilians. He concluded that "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document."
Sen. Menendez wrote, "The damage done to Israel's public image is largely irreparable and has created the unfortunate opportunity for erroneous condemnation of Israel as well as increased displays of anti-Semitism around the world. Even if we cannot unring the bell, it would provide a measure of redress for the wrong inflicted on the State of Israel if the UN acknowledged the report's errors and omissions, and accordingly revoked the associated UN General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council resolutions Your leadership on this issue would assist in restoring credibility to the UN and the UN Human Rights Council and in countering the anti-Israel sentiment that has unfortunately taken hold in these bodies."