A scurrilous Haaretz editorial lauded him. "In praise of Netanyahu," it headlined.
It admitted that diplomacy could have avoided conflict. "But once (Netanyahu) decided on a military operation, (he) demonstrated relative restraint."
Imagine calling hundreds of Palestinians murdered or injured "restraint." Imagine how many families lost loved ones. Imagine mass destruction impossible to rebuild easily under siege conditions.
Imagine shocking crimes of war and against humanity. Imagine Israel again getting away with murder. Imagine editors who know better praising what they should condemn.
"Restraint" showed "strength," they said. In other words, they killed, injured, and maimed fewer Palestinians than during Cast Lead.
"It's clear that the Goldstone Report".penetrated deeply into the consciousness of Israeli decision-makers"."
It did no such thing, of course. Internal whitewash followed. So did Ban Ki-moon's handpicked commission. It absolved Israeli crimes. Goldstone himself fell from grace.
Despite irrefutable evidence, he softened his initial criticism. Dark forces got to him. He capitulated. In the process, he sold his soul, honor, character, dignity, and high-mindedness. He failed dismally trying to explain.
Israel remains free to kill and destroy again. It takes full advantage.
Haaretz claims conditions now "could well herald the onset of a new era"" It hopes ceasefire terms will improve living conditions in Gaza.
It ignored blockade lawlessness. Palestinians haven't had a "new era" in over 64 years. Nothing changed now. Instead of condemning Netanyahu and likeminded hardliners, Haaretz editors "expressed (their) appreciation of this government and its leader for the relative restraint they displayed."
It's hard imagining editors who know better would claim what's categorically false. An unnamed Gazan woman put a human face on Palestinian suffering.
On November 20, her letter from Gaza was published. In part it said the following:
"The situation here is really terrible and it's getting worse day after day"."
"This morning, the Israeli F16 military jets hit our area twice. The first time, they hit the building of the council of ministers with 5 huge missiles just a few homes away from our home."
"Our home was shaking like an earthquake, and our windows broke and shattered everywhere, and I felt the missiles inside our home. It was very scary. Of course serious damages happened to all surrounding buildings in the area."