Livni: Non-IDF counter-Goldstone c'tee must defend army

January 31, 2010 11:59


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Opposition leader and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni said Sunday that “the Goldstone report was born in sin. It will be a mistake to establish today a commission that would examine the IDF without ensuring that the sheer establishment of such a commission would protect IDF officers from future lawsuits.”

Livni, who served as foreign minister during Operation Cast Lead, was speaking amidst reports that the government was seriously mulling the establishment of a non-military commission to examine allegations leveled against the IDF by jurist Richard Goldstone in the UN-commissioned report he penned following the campaign.

“[Ensuring that any commission defends IDF officers from future lawsuits] can and should be done. Without ensuring this – will unwittingly legitimize the distorted report. I have full faith in the IDF and any government must protect its soldiers and citizens without legitimizing organizations or individuals whose sole aim is to bash .”

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