Congresswoman Berkley, Congressman Engel to UNHRC members: Reject Goldstone Report

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Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) have called on the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council to reject the Goldstone Commission Report. In a letter sent to the ambassadors of UNHRC member states, Berkley and Engel argue that support for the report would send the wrong message about the right of Israel and other nations to defend their populations against terrorist attacks. Berkley and Engel are senior members of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. "Our nations strongly support the peace process between Israel and its neighbors, and hope the peoples of the region will someday soon be able to live in peace, security, and prosperity. Consideration of this report, however, will severely damage or even destroy any prospects for peace between Israel and its neighbors. It will send a message that Israel cannot defend itself from terrorists, effectively bolstering the position of terrorists who openly call for Israel's destruction. It will also destroy Israel's confidence that the international community can play a constructive role in the peace process," the letter, sent Thursday, states. "If Israel - or any country - is to defend itself from future terrorist attacks, it needs to know its soldiers will not be prosecuted for attacking terrorists who are hidden in civilian areas. Referring the Goldstone Report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) would send a deeply troubling message to all civilized countries that their soldiers will be prosecuted if they seek to defend their homelands from terrorist attack," it concludes.