Netanyahu Welcomes Resignation of UN Fact Finding Committee’s Chief

JERUSALEM, February 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday welcomed the resignation of the Chairman of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the 2014 Gaza-Israel Conflict, William Schabas, according to Israeli media sources.

“After the resignation of the committee chairman, who was biased against Israel, the report must not be published,” said a cheerful Netanyahu in a statement.

Earlier Monday, Schabas said he would step down immediately to prevent the issue from overshadowing the preparation of the report and its findings, which are due to be published in March.

Schabas’ resignation comes weeks after prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague started a preliminary inquiry into alleged atrocities in the Palestinian territories.

Commenting on the resignation, the Permanent Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations said Palestine had no powers regarding the appointment of the UN committee.

It said the committee had been faced with many obstacles from the Israeli side, including denying access to the occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel and meeting with the victims of the Israeli aggression.

The mission added that a legal opinion, which Schabas provided to the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2012, does not collide with the principles of professionalism and integrity.

Schabas was appointed last August by the head of the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead a three-member group looking into war crimes during Israel’s military aggression on Gaza last summer