Komisja Praw Człowieka ONZ pozytywnie zaopiniowała w piątek 16 października antyizraelski raport Goldstone'a do Rady Bezpieczeństwa ONZ co otwiera drogę do sądzenia przywódców Izraela za zbrodnie wojenne.
Spośród 47 członków KPC 5 było nieobecnych, w tym Francja i W.Brytania mimo osobistych telefonów Netanyahu do Sarkozy'ego i Brown'a, 11 wstrzymało się, 25 było za, a tylko 6 było przeciw: USA, Holandia, Włochy, Ukraina, Węgry, Słowacja. Największa porażka dyplomacji Izraela ostatnich lat.
DEBKAfile Special Analysis
October 16, 2009, 4:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
The UN Human Right Council's endorsement Friday, Oct. 16, sent the anti-Israel Goldstone war crimes report to the UN Security Council. It was approved by a majority of 25 of the 47 HRC members with 6 voting against - the US, Holland, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia - with 11 abstentions; France and the UK were among the 5 nations who did not vote. Ultimately, this step could expose Israeli leaders to prosecution for war crimes.
The UN body administered one of the most damaging blows Israel diplomacy has suffered in recent years, condemning Israel for alleged war crimes in its 22-day Gaza operation last January - but also for work in East Jerusalem such as housing construction and archeological excavations.
The damage was compounded by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's personal involvement in spearheading the campaign to have the report buried. Its endorsement has instead buried the stalled peace process between Israel and Palestinian Authority.
In any case, Mahmoud Abbas refused to come to the negotiating table when challenged for the umpteenth time by President Barack Obama's special envoy George Mitchell in Ramallah last week, bringing the US president's entire Middle East peace venture tumbling down.
Netanyahu failed even to persuade French president Nicolas Sarkozy - described by President Shimon Peres as "a great friend of Israel," and the British prime minister George Brown, with whom he had a heated telephone conversation Thursday night - to vote against the HRC motion.
That neither was prepared to oppose Israel's condemnation for war crimes means that Jerusalem cannot count on French or British support for curbing Iran's drive for a nuclear weapon.
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