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April 5, 2011

On Goldstone and Goldstonism

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Richard Goldstone

Richard Goldstone

Until this week, the Goldstone Report was just another in a long line of anti-Israel allegations that we had to explain to a skeptical world.  Sent to investigate Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, Goldstone and his UN colleagues equated Israel and Hamas in all respects.  Both parties were condemned for potential “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.”  Each side was accused of intentionally targeting civilians.  And, in a reckless departure into fantasy land, both Israel and Hamas were called upon to investigate their alleged crimes.


This week, Richard Goldstone made a very public retraction of these key findings.  He acknowledged that Israel has seriously investigated every allegation of military misconduct in Gaza.  And he stated for the record that Israel did not intentionally target civilians.  “If I had known then what I know now,” he wrote, “the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”

Thank you, Judge Goldstone.  But tell us, sir, exactly where does Israel go to get her reputation back?

What Goldstone now recognizes was obvious to any objective observer at the time.  The broad outlines of this conflict were never in serious contention.  Israel went into Gaza not to harm its civilians, but to protect her own.  After over 10,000 missiles had been fired from Gaza into southern Israel, the only thing unreasonable about Israel’s response was its delay.

Moreover, the Israelis went to great lengths – as they always do – to warn civilians and protect civilian lives.  Her significant humanitarian concerns aside, Israel knows that each civilian casualty will be used to discredit the Jewish State at home and abroad.  This is precisely why Hamas works so hard to produce such casualties. 

Meanwhile, Hamas is a terrorist organization.  When Hamas fires rockets into Israeli population centers, their clear goal is to harm civilians.  To Hamas, civilian casualties are not an error to be investigated but a victory to be celebrated.  That’s what terrorists do.

The idea that Hamas would investigate the very attacks it ordered and celebrated must rank among the top follies of modern international law.   Even Goldstone can now see that this notion was “mistaken.”  Hamas has never renounced terror – not even in English.  To this very day, Hamas embraces terror and seeks to justify it.

Yet while the Goldstone Report has been seriously discredited, it will live on.  The core allegation of Israeli war crimes in Gaza has already entered the cannon of anti-Israel slanders along with such other well known Israeli “atrocities” as the “Jenin Massacre” (never happened), Israel’s shooting of young Mohammad Al Dura (almost certainly a hoax) Israel’s expulsion of the Palestinians (a wild exaggeration) and  so on.

And even if the Goldstone Report somehow fades from prominence, “Goldstonism” is still very much alive and well.

“Goldstonism” is that defect of human morality that enabled Judge Goldstone to undertake and prosecute this dubious investigation in the first place.  Goldstonism is the urge to examine every Israeli action under the most sensitive of microscopes, while viewing all provocations through the wrong end of the telescope.  Goldstonism is the equation of terrorists who intentionally seek to kill civilians with the soldiers who seek to stop the terrorists.  Goldstonism is the confusion of unavoidable civilian casualties with intentional terror victims.  Goldstonism is the head-first plummet into the moral abyss.

So long as Goldstonism survives, the decks will forever be stacked.  Israel will always be the one being scrutinized, and blamed.  And let us never forget, Goldstonism is not a threat to Israel alone, but to all democracies forced to combat terror.

Those of us who stand with Israel and America have a shared interest in truth and moral clarity when it comes to our struggle against militant Islam.  Goldstone’s retraction should remind us of both the righteousness of our cause, and the steep challenges we still face.  With Goldstone’s retraction, we caught a break.  And that sure is nice for a change.  But we’d be wise not to get used to it.

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel and author of a new book, In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity.  You can follow David on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.



  1. Why is this insanity not obvious to any thinking, caring, sane human being? At least Mr. Goldstone had the guts to tell the truth. Thanks.

    Comment by Anna Marie Virgint — April 5, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

  2. It would seem to me that he should go to the UN and have his report pulled publically!

    Comment by Gwyn Makara — April 5, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  3. Take heart Israel…Your God neither slumbers nor sleeps!

    Comment by Gene A. Taylor — April 5, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  4. “All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer

    Comment by Matt — April 5, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  5. Newspapers like the “New York Times” usually acknowledge mistakes, but on the back page, below the fold, and usually on a day when readership is down. The front page slander remains.

    Comment by Matt — April 5, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

  6. America wake up… our only real ally in the middle east is Israel. God bless her.

    Comment by Bob Leone — April 5, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

  7. The truth has prevailed already. Goldstone is somehow remorseful, it’s a lesson to others to do their assignments perfectly and not to be in a hury to submit their report.Goldstone has faltered and fed the world with a wrong report about Israel, he can equally publish the exact facts and retrieve the first report. That can go a long way to redeem Israels reputation.

    Comment by Bekepu John — April 5, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

  8. shame on you for asking where Israel will go to get her reputation back. From the same Almighty
    God that has given it to her in the first place. The Messiah Jesus made himself of no reputation. Yh’weh is the reputation business. Let us rejoice.

    Comment by ruth landers — April 5, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  9. There are too many Goldstones in this world! They run around telling lies and leaving a path of destruction and ruined reputations behind them. We need to stop them!

    Comment by DONNA — April 5, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  10. God himself WILL defend Israel.The word of God says I will bless those that bless you,and,CURSE those that curse you.(IN the name of Jesus Christ,I,bless the Jewish people and ask GOD to bring PEACE to JERUSALEM!)Praise God in Jesus Christ name.

    Comment by Racheal — April 5, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  11. Repentance before God and man in the final analysis may only be acknowledged by God, if you believe he would empty himself out and walk this earth to make it right. Eph. 2: 13

    Comment by Glenn Ledbetter — April 5, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  12. the mans responses to Israel Goldstones are inaccurate and bias= confused

    Comment by mary — April 5, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

  13. Thanks for your article, and you asked, “Thank you, Judge Goldstone. But tell us, sir, exactly where does Israel go to get her reputation back?”

    My answer is not until the world rids itself of rampant, virulent, anti-Semitism.

    Comment by proinwv — April 5, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

  14. The world is out of control but Israel will stand when all others are gone!

    Comment by JaneLaw — April 5, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

  15. And also look out that we’re not looking with our eyes to justify Israel. We should remember that we Christians align with Israel not because she deserves it or keeps her hands clean, but because we do like our Father does. And he gives us incentive, even: if we bless Israel, it will go well for us.

    Comment by Jeff Spicer — April 5, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  16. Shalom to you all. I am from South Africa. I knew all along that Judge Goldstone was wrong in his judgement. But I realised that he was doing so on the basis of the facts set before him. No, I have no desire to defend him!!! But our God, who keeps Israel, does not slumber or sleep!!! And His finger is on the pulse. Halleulujah!!!
    Yours in Christ.

    Comment by Paula Anne Lamont — April 5, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

  17. Israel will stand .

    Comment by Debbie Byrd — April 5, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  18. God bless those who stand for Israel. He says those who stand for my Israel I will bless and I know he is in control.

    Comment by Sandra Hewitt — April 5, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  19. My TRUE belief is that God WILL take control of this situation, as he says he will.WE, as a whole,(America, CUFI, Christians..)need to tell congress and our so called “president” to STOP the political correctness and quit worrying about hurting the terrorists feelings, see it for what it is, and take AFIRMATIVE, IMMEDIATE ACTION against those who wish to destroy God’s people!
    I just wish I could go and fight side-by-side with Israel! May our heavenly father continue to keep and bless that great nation!

    Comment by Mike Cagle — April 5, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

  20. Upon examination, the outcome of the Goldstone commission’s report may have stirred up world wide animosity towards Israel but it has had little effect on the IDF which has continued to operate mission specific surgical attacks on Hamas terrorists who unleash rocket attacks on Israeli civilians and sovereign territory. Words may stir up Muslim emotions but the world continues to operate as before.
    If Goldstone recants nothing much will be changed. Things will go on as previously, unwarranted attacks on Israeli civilians followed by attacks on militants in Gaza.

    Comment by Kathy McKimm — April 5, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

  21. I wonder if Egypt didn’t keep an account of their past history and if they did they need to look at it again and warn Hamas and other countries over there that You don’t mess with the apple of Gods eye. Gods going to fight for them again. It;s not going to be good for any country attacking Israel. I love Israel and can’t wait to see their Victory.

    Comment by Ellen esler — April 5, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  22. Israel is the apple of God’s eye and no weapon formed against her shall prosper. Praise God for his mercy and grace.

    Comment by Trish Harrison — April 5, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  23. With all the abuse Israel takes, she has shown great restraint in not vaporizing her enemies in the region. Should one of them decide to strike Israel, may god have NO MERCY on them.

    Comment by Buddy — April 6, 2011 @ 12:06 am

  24. Israel is innocent, it’s time these liars grow up. Yeshua will return soon and all who curse Israel wii be
    cursed, instead. Amen

    Comment by Joyce — April 6, 2011 @ 1:18 am


    Comment by JAMES PARKER — April 6, 2011 @ 1:54 am

  26. As the writer name GOLDSTONE Implies..his report of precious GOLD turned out to be a worthless STONE.

    Comment by mario m. gonzales — April 6, 2011 @ 2:08 am

  27. Lord,help us bridle what we say and tend our conversations,its careless words from gossiped mouths that murders reputations

    Comment by Bobby Roller — April 6, 2011 @ 4:43 am

  28. “Goldstonism” represents the same moral defect as Obamaism. President Obama equates Jews peacefully building communities in their homeland with those who seek to destroy those communities; calling Jewish settlements an obstacle to peace. At least Goldstone has retracted his false and malicious remarks. Isn’t it about time Obama did the same?!

    Comment by Marc C. — April 6, 2011 @ 6:01 am

  29. Yeshar Koach! Another home run, David.

    P.S. I think “cannon” should be “canon”.

    Comment by Marty — April 6, 2011 @ 6:03 am

  30. I hope that Christians do not blindly support Israel on the basis of the Jews being God’s chosen. This is false. We have all been called by name, through Jesus.
    I think that the non-state actors in this situation, namely the Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah, get off lightly every time there is an event in Israel and the occupied territories. The rocket attacks are about provocation and about capitalising on civilian deaths caused by Israeli retaliation – it is a propaganda war in large part after all. The Israelis have never cynically used their own population as cannon fodder and as a deliberate part of a total strategy to whip up hate. In fact, these Palestinian parties are repressive in their own territories, with unofficial reports of disappearances and torture being hidden from media view. This should give people an indication of what to expect should these armed bands of murderers get their way by means of an independent two state or unitary state solution. I cannot understand why the world would support another dictatorship/one party tyranny just because its declared enemy is a Jewish state that happens to defend itself from this.
    I think that Judge Goldstone has just proved that he is a man of integrity because he admitted error. But this is in part the fault of the IDF and the Palestinian groups who did not cooperate but expect a partial judgment in their favour to reinforce a media propelled victimhood.
    I have more to say on this but I would be reinforcing some of the article.

    Comment by J — April 6, 2011 @ 7:42 am

  31. Have we figure out why we are so hated? Usually, not always, but usually there is a cause and effect. Maybe we did something to make anti-Semitism rampant? We did create 2 millions Palestinians refugee.

    Comment by emily — April 6, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

  32. The world at large will never accept the great nation of Israel! It is up to us the citizens of these United States to protect and defend, and stand beside our true brothers in the middle east- Israel!

    Comment by Ed Hostilo — April 6, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  33. Goldstone had to have known that his report was a lie from the very begining. Thousands of rockets were aimed at Israeli civilians and nobody condemned the attacks starting with the U.N. I thought it was illegal to hide rocket launchers in civilian areas. Did anyone say anything? No. After how many years and how many thousands of rockets, Israel goes into Gaza to stop the rockets. Stopping the rockets is a war crime. Launching the rockets isn’t. If Goldstone could tell the truth, he would admit to his hatred for Israel. How many rockets does Hamas and Hizbollah have hidden among civilians? Funny, but I haven’t heard anything from the U.N.

    Comment by Marvin — April 7, 2011 @ 3:22 am

  34. Just read God’s word to know what will happen with those who turn against Israel. I will be carefull if I was in such a position. I will bless Israel en pray for them as never before. The fact that they returned to their homeland in 1948, says it all. Yahweh and Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is allive and powerfull and he will determine the outcome and no one else. Shalom!! Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’ olam. Blessed be our God, King of the univers!!

    Comment by Michael Oosthuizen — April 7, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  35. I love and stand for Israel. She is God’s chosen people. I don’t know when it started, but I know that
    before World War II terrible lies were told about the Jews and they were treated worse than animels, by many nations and drove out of their homes and broke up their familes, and tormented them only because they were Jews. Even today the lies continue. I had never heard of this Goldstone, but am thankful that he has finally seen the light. The thing I fear the most is that Obama and the White House, as a whole, will turn against Israel, but as for me and my house, we will “Stand for Israel.” Vera

    Comment by Vera Cowart — April 7, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  36. The Lord God of Israel is her defender, her refugee, her strength and her sheild. We see horrendous judgements being meted out on nations who have cursed Israel. Her Messiah is alive and it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Could it be like in the days of Pharoah whose heart the Lord God Almighty had ‘hardened’ so that he would not heed or have any fear of the Lord’s plagues?? The Lord is Sovereign and His ways are above our ways. May Israel and the precious Jewish people be blessed.

    Comment by Margaret Sadoc — April 7, 2011 @ 11:30 am

  37. The hand of our Living God is upon Israel and ‘the set time to favour her has come…’ May He respond to our prayers and vindicate His people.

    Comment by Margaret Sadoc — April 7, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  38. Goldstone should be removed from his position of authority. Stand for Israel absolutely. However, No man can not stop Ezekiel 38.

    Comment by Terry — April 7, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  39. I am a Canadian friend of Israel; several years ago our own openly Christian prime Minister refused to send a delegate to a UN Anti-Racism Summit when he learned that there was going to be a lot of anti- Israeli and anti-Semitic talk and even the infamous ‘Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion” for sale. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was criticized for his brave actions but not buy those of us who love the Jews and Israel’s freedom. I just wanted to post this so people would know that many Canadians and those in other nations also stand behind Zion and her right to self-determination! Shalom

    Comment by Kimberley Oliver — April 9, 2011 @ 3:05 am

  40. It seems that Isreal is the only sovereign nation
    that can’t defend it self without being criticized for doing so. If the Mexican drug lords started shelling the US,I’m sure that the US would respond just as Isreal is doing. Who said that the land belongs to the philistines,it doesn’t since the WORD says NO & they need to read Genesis.

    Comment by John F Chittenden — April 18, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

  41. here in nigeria many houses of christian folks were burnt the people killed and forced to sell the remains to northen moslems at peanuts and in a little time a locality hugely dominated by christian soon become a territory of fundamentalist moslem. my place of birth and upbringing nhad suffered this faith my youngert brother was killed because he preaches the gospel our government is too weak to confront this injustice it is happening everywhere in the globe it is time for the people of God to identify themselves and pull together worldover and we should make israel our headwquatre this is what time we are in Gods agenda. crucify not Goldstone he is brave enough to recant we must forgive him and act in line with prophcy

    Comment by ben adetona — May 12, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

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