Israeli government officials, assuming he meant an investigation like his into Israel's misdeeds, declined, noting that that they have and continue to investigate their army's behavior on a constant basis.
But after reading most of the report, another possibility presents itself.
It rapidly becomes clear to any reader not driven by a thirst for "dirt" on Israel, that Goldstone's work represents a new low in the tragically deteriorating world of international justice.
It fails on every count, from its handling of evidence, to its legal reasoning, to its unstated but pervasive assumptions of Israeli guilt and Palestinian innocence, to its astonishing conclusion (from someone who knows the gruesome details of Bosnia and Rwanda), that Israeli behavior was so bad it might well constitute "crimes against humanity."
The writer teaches history at Boston University, blogs at the Augean Stables (http://www.theaugeanstables.com ) and the Second Draft (http://www.seconddraft.org), and has just launched a new collective website: Understanding the Goldstone Report (http://www.goldstonereport.org ). The internet version of this article contains numerous links.