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As Goldstone report debate rages, more Israelis call for investigation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet still refuses to set up an investigation into war crimes allegations made in the Goldstone report, but some Israelis say his government should change course.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, left, meet in Jerusalem, Wednesday.

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The controversy surrounding the Goldstone report – which found that both Israel and its Hamas opponents committed war crimes in last winter's Gaza war – is growing hotter, as allies and critics of the Jewish state are ratcheting up the debate over how Israel should respond to increasing pressure to conduct its own investigation into the war.

The Israeli government's initial reaction to the United Nation's four-member investigation, headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, was to go on a full-blown diplomatic campaign aimed at discrediting the report and its authors as inherently biased.

But five weeks later, cracks are appearing in Israel's resolve not to be pushed into launching its own commission of inquiry. And Mr. Goldstone, a Jewish South African, has in recent days gone on his own personal campaign, giving numerous interviews and publishing opinion pieces aimed at explaining his decision to head the commission as a moral one that is part and parcel of his Jewish identity.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet decided not to discuss an internal probe on the Gaza war and asked the US to block any further action on the report. But the furor has many legal experts in Israel calling for action.

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