By Gerald Steinberg, September 24, 2009
Richard Goldstone does not fit the model of alienated anti-Zionist Jews who promote boycotts and have no other involvement with Israel or the Jewish community. Quite the opposite. He is an active member of the community, is involved in Zionist groups, and has a daughter who lived in Israel.
So other explanations are needed for the harshness of his report on Gaza. From his activities, speeches and writings, some themes emerge.
Judge Goldstone’s life is intensely focused on the “laws of war”, in which he strongly believes, rejecting all debate or criticism.