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Israel on Monday called for an end to the UN Human Rights Councils "obsessively biased" investigations into its actions during Operation Cast Lead, Reuters reported.
A bloc of Islamic countries replied that the UNHRC must continue to apply pressure on Israel to make them halt there "aggression" in the region.
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Israel's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Aharon Leshno Yaar
said during a council discussion that Operation Cast Lead was not unprovoked, but rather came "in response to years of attacks by Hamas terrorists."
He added that the UNHRC "has continually been one-sided and obsessively
biased....It did not matter that steps were taken by Israel to protect
its citizens while limiting damage whenever possible to Palestinian
Last week, the UNHRC released a report criticizing Israel and Hamas for
failing to properly investigate violations committed during the conflict
that were itemized in the Goldstone Report.
Leshno Yaar saids that Israel was looking into its own actions during
the war and checking if misconduct was being properly punished.
"Given these processes, and Israel's significant efforts, it is time to
bring activities from this hall to a conclusion," the ambassador said,
adding that the UNHRC should spend more time investigating "real" humans