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Pledge to counter Gaza war report

October 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a lengthy diplomatic battle to "delegitimize" United Nations charges that Israel committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, an official said.

The U.N. Human Rights Council singled out the Jewish state for censure in a resolution, while endorsing a report by South African jurist Richard Goldstone that condemned both Israeli and Hamas actions during Israel's winter offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu, who has said the Goldstone report could undermine U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace moves and that he would object to Israelis standing trial on war crimes charges, was quoted as saying Israel would wage a protracted struggle against the criticism.

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