Senate letter slams Goldstone Gaza report

Congress is getting into the “whack-a-Goldstone” game, thanks to an aggressive push by AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby.

This week a Senate lettter gathered 32 signatures – not up to AIPAC’s usual standards, but nothing to sneeze at, either – on a letter that commended the administration for “criticizing the one-sided mandate directing the Goldstone report and highlighting the real causes of the war betweeen Israel and Hamas.”

Then, the lawmakers and AIPAC get to the heart of the matter:  ”We believe it is critical that the U.S. continue to work very hard to block any punitive actions against Israel that this report mentions, whether at the Security Council or other U.N. bodies.”

Mostly, it was a chance for senators to get their names on the record criticizing the UN report on last winter’s Gaza war –  without saying anything too controversial or critical of the Obama administration. The deadline for signatures had to be extended to produce a respectable final tally, Capitol Hill sources said this week.

You can read the entire letter at the Web site of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), one of the lawmakers circulating the letter.

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.