The Israeli media have extensive coverage today of the forum at Brandeis University last night in which South African Justice Richard Goldstone defended his United Nations report on Israel's invasion of Gaza -- and former Israeli diplomat Dore Gold sharply challenged Goldstone's methods and findings.
Brandeis promises to post a link to the archived video of the debate either today or Monday at the website of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, which cosponsored the debate with the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
And here's a link to the article I wrote about the forum in today's Globe.
Several Israeli correspondents based in Washington came to Waltham for the event. Some of the online accounts include:
An article by Yitzhak Benhorin on YNetnews.com, the website of the largest Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, goes into more detail on Goldstone's explanation of why he believes Israel adopted a strategy that was designed to inflict widespread destruction in Gaza.
An account on the site of Ahrutz Sheva, israelnationalnews.com, notes that the UN General Assembly adopted an Arab-backed resolution on the Goldstone report just hours before the debate took place. The United States and several other Western countries voted no.
And the Brandeis Hoot student newspaper wonders in an editorial whether Goldstone and Gold -- and those in the audience -- were really listening to each other or just defending their own viewpoints.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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