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  Elul 26, 5769 , 15/09/09

Foreign Ministry: Goldstone Report Ignores Hamas Crimes

In an official response to the findings of the Goldstone committee, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the report, which claimed that Israel committed "war crimes" in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, "presented legitimacy to the Hamas terror organization, and completely ignored Hamas' strategy of making use of innocent Palestinian citizens as human shields for their terror attacks against Israel."

"Israel felt it could not participate in the committee because of the one sided mandate given to Judge Goldstone, which ignored the thousands of missiles fired by Hamas against Israeli citizens, which made the operation in Gaza necessary," the statement said.

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