NY Times: We turned down a different version of Goldstone retraction

The New York Times has denied rumors that it refused to print an opinion piece authored by jurist Richard Goldstone in which he retracted some of the statements made in his UN Human Rights Council report on the war between Israel and Gaza in 2008-2009, political columnist Ben Smith reports in Politico.

Prominent Israelis to unveil peace initiative

A group of leading Israelis, including former heads of the country\’s secret services and the military, will put forth a peace initiative, The New York Times reported. The authors of the two-page Israeli Peace Initiative hope the document, which they are calling a direct response to the Arab Peace Initiative offered by the Arab League in 2002 and revived in 2007, will generate popular support in Israel and influence the Israeli government, according to the Times.

After bombshell Op-Ed, questions for Richard Goldstone and Israel

Richard Goldstone’s original U.N. report on the Gaza war of 2008-09 landed like a bombshell in the PR war over Israel, damaging Israel’s reputation around the world with its finding that Israel potentially committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during its three-week war against Hamas.

Gilad: Israel faces isolation ‘no less severe than war’

The chief of Israel\’s diplomatic-security bureau warned this week that Israel faced an isolation \”no less severe than war\” should the United Nations recognize Palestine as an independent state this September.

Barak to approve settlement development plans

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will approve development plans for four West Bank settlements. The Defense Ministry confirmed to the Israeli media on Monday that Barak will approve the plans for Rotem, Hemdat, Eshkolot and Nofim, and already has approved plans for two other settlements, Kiryat Netafim and Halamish.

Ross: Turmoil sharpens Israeli needs for security guarantees

The recent Middle East turmoil has sharpened Israeli needs for tangible security guarantees in exchange for concessions to the Palestinians, Dennis Ross said. Ross, President Obama’s top Middle East adviser, told the Anti-Defamation League’s annual leadership conference in Washington on Monday that security guarantees sought by Israel toward a peace deal with the Palestinians were critical, “particularly during a time of change.”

Goldstone would have to request that U.N. dump report

Richard Goldstone would have to ask the United Nations on behalf of his committee to rescind its report on Israel\’s actions during the 2009 Gaza war to set such an action in motion, a U.N. spokesman said. The U.N. Human Rights Council, which commissioned the report, has not received such a request, The Associated Press reported Monday.

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