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Thread #153638   Message #3650553
Posted By: bobad
12-Aug-14 - 08:09 PM
Thread Name: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'
Subject: RE: BS: BDS of Israel 'Gathering Weight.'
Asked about a comment made last year that he would most like to see Netanyahu stand trial in the Hague, Schabas said the comments were made in reference to the Goldstone Report, a UN Human Rights Council investigation that claimed Israel had committed war crimes during the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead by deliberately targeting civilians during fighting in the Gaza Strip.

"I didn't prejudge him and I didn't say he was guilty," Schabas told Army Radio. "I was making a comment in the context of a discussion about the priorities of the International Criminal Court. I think probably every person in Israel has criticized the government in Israel at some point or other in their lives and the suggestion that I've delivered a verdict on this is wrong and unfair."

Finance Minister Yair Lapid, in an interview with Channel 2 later on Tuesday evening, pointed out that it was former prime minister Ehud Olmert who was in office during Operation Cast Lead and not Netanyahu.

"This is a ridiculous commission, set up by a ridiculous organization," Lapid said.

UN Gaza probe head says he's not anti-Israel, will be impartial