New Info Undermines Report's Credibility

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JERUSALEM, Israel - The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs presented new information exposing fundamental flaws in the U.N.-sponsored Goldstone Report, which investigated Israel's three-week military operation in the Gaza Strip last winter.

The JCPA, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit policy research and education organization that analyzes a broad range of issues affecting the Jewish people in Israel and around the world.

At a press conference on Thursday, JCPA presented findings that call into question the validity of the Goldstone team and the report it published in September 2009.

Click here to read JCPA's new revelations on the Goldstone Report.

In its report, the fact-finding mission, led by former South African justice Richard Goldstone, accused the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) of war crimes and human rights abuses during Operation Cast Lead.

Click here to see Dr. Dore Gold's response to Richard Goldstone at Brandeis University in November.

JCPA took a closer look at Col. (ret.) Desmond Travers, the only former military officer on the four-member team, who was solely responsible for the military analysis that formed basis of the mission's conclusions.

Researchers followed Travers frequent public appearances with the other team members in July 2009 and documented many of his interviews.

They noted "serious flaws" in his methodology, collection and processing of data and the conclusions he drew.

At Thursday's presentation, JCPA President and former Ambassador Dr. Dore Gold showed how the Goldstone Report is one of increasingly frequent attempts to delegitimize the Jewish state.

Gold said delegitimization is made up of three basic elements.

The first is an attempt to criminalize Israel - "to describe us as war criminals."

The second element consists of denying Israel its fundamental legal right to exist, for example the right of self-defense.

And the third element is to question the fundamental historic rights and position of the Jewish people in the State of Israel.

"All three of these elements are now at play to undermine the foundations of the Jewish state," Gold said.

"For an organization like Hamas…the purpose is to tie the hands of Israel so that Hamas maintains the right of resistance - of fighting Israel - but at the same time Israel has no right of self-defense to respond," he said.

The political war to delegitimize Israel goes hand-in-hand with the terrorist agenda, Gold explained.

"In asymmetric war, the militarily weaker side that relies on terrorism relies on mixing civilians in and therefore we have to develop a doctrine to defend ourselves and minimize civilian losses," he said.

Col. Travers, Gold said, rejects the whole notion of asymmetric warfare, calling it "an Israeli and American term."

Western countries are not insulated against the same tactics. Hamas already has a legal arm that is preparing material for attorneys in the United Kingdom.

"The day is not far off in which the Taliban will have a legal arm that will provide material to British and European lawyers or perhaps to South African lawyers to go after American or British officers who fought in Afghanistan," Gold said.

"The whole methodology of Goldstone and the Goldstone process is relevant to Western armies, which is probably why so many Western countries are concerned with the ramifications of this report, not only for the State of Israel's security, but for Western security," he concluded.

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