As expected, the House approved Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-Fla.) resolution condemning South African judge Richard Goldstone’s inquiry for the United Nations into war crimes committed last year in Gaza by Israel and Hamas. The lopsided final vote was 344 in favor to 36 opposed, with 22 “present” votes.
The Palestinian side seems to want to put the unfortunate experience behind it. Asked to comment on the impact that the Obama administration’s decision to press Palestinian President Abbas to shunt the Goldstone report aside — it basically devastated his political standing — Maen Areikat, the Palestinian representative in Washington, said through a spokesman that this was “history” and “we’re happy to have it behind us.” Hussein Ibish, a fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, said that the Palestinians basically know that Congress is going to take these sorts of stances on Israel issues. “I don’t think it will have much of an impact,” Ibish said in an email. “The administration handles diplomacy and has to take responsibility for national security. Everyone here and abroad knows that.”
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