Israel Rejects U.N. Vote on Goldstone Report

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel rejected Thursday's vote by the United Nations General Assembly adopting the Goldstone Report, calling it "detached from reality."

"Israel rejects the resolution of the U.N. General Assembly, which is completely detached from realities on the ground that Israel must face," read a Foreign Ministry statement issued on Friday by spokesman Yigal Palmor.

"In Operation Cast Lead, the IDF demonstrated higher military and moral standards than each and every one of this resolution's initiators," Palmor said.

"Israel will continue to act like other democracies to protect its citizens from international terror, as was proven this week," the statement read.

The report accuses the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of alleged war crimes during its three-week military incursion into the Gaza Strip last December and January.

"[The resolution] endorses and legitimizes a deeply flawed, one-sided and prejudiced report of the discredited [U.N.] Human Rights Council and its politicized work that bends both fact and law," Israeli Deputy Ambassador Daniel Carmon said.

The 192-member General Assembly voted 114-18 to adopt the vote, with 44 abstentions. Among those countries voting against the report were the United States, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Most member nations of the European Union voted in favor of the report, with the exception of France and Great Britain, which abstained.

The Arab bloc and the non-aligned bloc, representing an automatic 120-vote majority, supported the harshly worded resolution.

Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed satisfaction with the vote, pointing out that the automatic majority didn't constitute the moral majority.

"On the whole, we are satisfied with the fact that 18 countries, which are a moral majority, supported Israel's stance, and 44 abstained and did not vote with the automatic majority," Lieberman said.

"It is not a trivial thing that 18 countries, including those from the first line of the Western democratic world, would vote against the resolution," he said.

"The automatic majority of countries like Saudi Arabia and Somalia at the U.N. is, unfortunately, a given situation," the foreign minister said.

"Once again it has been proven that the U.N. is not an arena we can fight in," he concluded.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz

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