Israel refused to cooperate with the mission, claiming it the report was "biased" before its launch, because its initial mission statement failed to mention Hamas and seemed to place blame on Israel. Government spokesperson Mark Regev said Israel was correct in its decision. "The mandate was biased from the beginning and it would have been a mistake to give credibility to a mission that has more in common with a kangaroo court than it does with a serious investigation," Regev said, according to the Associated Press.
Initially, Goldstone refused to accept his leadership position on the report until the terms were further stipulated that the investigation would cover all sides, including Palestinian rocket fire and elevated tensions along the border, according to the Jerusalem Post.
"[With the expanded mandate] there is really no justification now for any government, including Israel, to refuse to cooperate with the mission," Goldstone said in the Post.
As the report comes under debate in Israel, questions about possible anti-Semitism are being raised. Though Goldstone himself is Jewish, Uri Bloch said that even a Jewish person can be anti-Israel. "I never had any expectations for a better-sounding report, even though Goldstone himself is a decent Jewish man," Bloch, a tour guide from Haifa, said.
Nicole Goldstone, daughter of Richard Goldstone, said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post that her father "is a Zionist and loves Israel… It wasn't easy for him…I think he heard and saw things he didn't expect to see and hear. I am one-hundred-percent sure he [conducted the investigation] in the hope that the Israelis would come to cooperate, and he wanted to help find a long-term solution for the state of Israel," she said from her home in Toronto.
Israel announced today it will reject one of the reports suggestions: that it launch its own independent probe into alleged war crimes during the Gaza War. This attitude is the most problematic of all, Ayal said. "We brought this report on ourselves," he said. "If we [through the Israeli government] had done something ourselves, we wouldn't have people from the outside lecturing us on morals or getting involved."