Upon its release last week, the 56-page report was immediately dismissed by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office as “biased” and “distorted.” Israel’s deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon characterized the report in a radio interview as “a big lie.”
The United States, the only country to vote against Wednesday’s action, criticized the panel’s findings as unbalanced. But a U.S. official said that Washington has asked Israel to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of the Turkish-American, Furgan Dogan, and to share the findings with the U.S. government.
After the vote, a senior U.S. official faulted the Human Rights Council for rushing the creation of the panel and failing to make adequate efforts to secure Israeli cooperation. “The report’s language, tone and conclusions are unbalanced,” said Mark Kornblau, a spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations.