Netanyahu: United Nations Should Stop Report into Gaza Conflict

Benjamin Netanyahu the Prime Minister of Israel called on a committee that was appointed by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to shelve a report into the Gaza conflict of 2014 following the resignation on Monday of William Schabas the academic from Canada.

Schabas said he was resigning after allegations by Israel of bias because of consultancy he performed for the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

In response, Netanyahu said that following Schabas’ resignation the anti-Israeli report should be shelved.

The UN Human Rights Council was called out by Netanyahu for proving it was a body that was anti-Israeli. In 2014, it received more resolutions that were against Israel than ones against North Korea, Syria and Iran combined.

On Tuesday, officials said that the report would be produced on time in March despite the resignation of Schabas, brushing away the demand by Netanyahu to have it shelved.

Avigdor Lieberman the Foreign Minister of Israel cautioned that the resignation of Schabas would not affect the conclusions of the committee stating that inherently the committee was biased.

Lieberman lauded the campaign by the Foreign Ministry of Israel against Schabas. He said that appointing Schabas was equal to appointing Cain in the investigation of who had killed Abel.

Schabas spoke after the comments made by Lieberman and Netanyahu, saying that both were experts in making declarations that were ridiculous.

Ismail Radwan a Hamas official said on Tuesday that the resignation of Schabas was sufficient evidence of the terror that Israel committed.

Radwan said that Israel pressured Schabas to resign since it wanted to stop an inquiry or commission that could possibly reveal its oppression and conduct committed against the Palestinians.

Radwan stated the committees should reveal a true face of Israel and that its leaders should be taken to International Criminal Court. He called upon the international community to protect everyone that investigates alleged war crimes.

Last August Schabas was given the appointment by the UN Human Rights Council to lead a group of three members to investigate alleged war crimes by the military offensive by Israel in Gaza.

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