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Israel: UNHRC obsessed with us

Foreign ministry slams UN report on Protective Edge, says IDF conducted itself to ‘highest standards’; PM: UNHRC does everything but care for human rights.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry published a harsh response to the UN Human Rights Council’s report on 2014’s Operation Protective Edge on Monday, calling the UNHRC “a notoriously biased institution” that “has a singular obsession with Israel.”

The report released just prior to Israel’s statement harshly accused Israel of continuing its policy of airstrikes despite the resulting death if Gaza and suggested that Hamas had made efforts to warn Israeli civilians of impending rocket attacks.
6124450099099640360noOperation Protective Edge. (Photo: AFP)

On the other hand, the report said that Hamas was responsible for war crimes in the public executions of individuals labeled as Israeli
“collaborators.” Investigators also said that because of Israel’s refusal to release specific information for security reasons, or to cooperate with the investigation, made it difficult to come to honest conclusions on certain issues.

“We take note of the fact that the authors of this report admitted that they lacked much of the relevant information,” read the Israeli response. “It is regrettable that the report fails to recognize the profound difference between Israel’s moral behavior during Operation Protective Edge and the terror organizations it confronted.

“Israel will consider the report in light of these essential failings. It would encourage all fair-minded observers to do the same.”

The Foreign Ministry cited an internal Israeli investigation into the conflict, saying, “In defending itself against attacks, Israel’s military acted according to the highest international standards.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replied to the UN report at a Likud meeting on Monday afternoon saying that the organization that calls itself the Human Rights Council, “does everything besides caring for human rights.”


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