For over fifty years, Jews and Muslims in the Middle East have blamed the other side for any failure to achieve peace. Richard Goldstone, who recently submitted his report on war crimes in Gaza which blamed both Hamas and the Israel government for violating international agreements on how to conduct war, urges both Israel and Palestinian leaders to clean up their own mess. Goldstone argues that a “culture of impunity” has existed in the region for far too long and it is time for each side to vigorously investigate an allegations of misconduct by its forces.
Goldstone blames the climate which allows each side to blame the other and never gaze into the mirror of reality as a major impediment to achieving peace. It would be preferable if Israel and Hamas openly investigated war crimes by its forces because by so doing it opens opportunities for trust to emerge.