by Anne Bayefsky
In a first from a
The statement marks a new low in the president's moves on impairing US-Israel relations.
The Israeli Supreme Court makes generous use — far more than the US Supreme Court — of decisions of national courts of other states, regional human rights courts, as well as international human rights treaties. The independent judiciary, to the frequent consternation of many political actors, is far more involved in oversight of the government and the military than is the judiciary in the
Furthermore, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made clear, defending the maritime blockade of Hamas-run
The president's attempt at gross interference in Israeli sovereignty started with his rush to judgment last Monday, when he permitted a unanimous UN Security Council presidential statement calling for "a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards."
Predictably, within 24 hours that call was duly translated by the UN Human Rights Council into a call for an international investigation of what it had already condemned as "the outrageous attack by the Israeli forces."
The HRC is now engaged, in other words, in an effort to mimic the libelous Goldstone Report.
The president's assault on the credibility of the Israeli democratic system is coming from all sides of his administration. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated on June 1 that international participants might be necessary to bolster the legitimacy of an Israeli probe. Israelis won't do. In her words, the
Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley made the insult even more grotesque — the goal wasn't a credible probe in objective terms, it was credible in the eyes of the UN mob. On June 2 he said that
Just a week ago, the Obama administration made another move to undermine
Nor, of course, would anything satisfy UN players short of a UN team which was handpicked to assure a predetermined outcome finding
Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.
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