Lieberman to Ban: Stop Goldstone report


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s foreign minister asked the U.N. secretary-general to not allow the Goldstone report to move forward in the United Nations.

Avigdor Lieberman told Ban Ki-moon that he hopes he will not allow the U.N. Security Council or the General Assembly to vote on the report, which was endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Lieberman also told the U.N. chief that that "a distorted international reality has developped where in every international forum there is an automatic majority of states far removed from concerns for human rights, such as Cuba, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, that transform the international system to one characterized by hypocrisy and which operates according to prejudice," according to a statement released by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

The Israeli government has said that U.N. approval of the report, which alleges that Israel committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead, would scuttle the Middle East peace process.

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