Judge Richard J. Goldstone, known for accusing Israel of war crimes in a 2009 UN report, defended the Jewish State against claims it pursues "apartheid" policies in an opinion article published in The New York Times on Tuesday.
The South African justice presided over the Goldstone Report, which, in addition to the war crimes claims, linked Israel to possible crimes against humanity in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.
Goldstone subsequently softened his claims against Israel in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post in April, in which he stated, "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.” He continued his more conciliatory tone towards the Jewish State in The New York Times article.
"While 'apartheid' can have broader meaning, its use is meant to evoke the situation in pre-1994 South Africa. It is an unfair and inaccurate slander against Israel, calculated to retard rather than advance peace negotiations," Goldstone wrote in the Times.