JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked diplomats to prevent the Goldstone report from being discussed at the United Nations to save the peace process.
Netanyahu asked diplomats Wednesday to block the report submitted by South African Judge Richard Goldstone from being discussed, saying such a move would bring an end to the peace process, The Jerusalem Post said Thursday.
Meanwhile Defense Minister Ehud Barak rejected Wednesday's Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper report that claimed he had approached former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak to head a special inquiry, the Haaretz newspaper said.
The defense minister and Netanyahu discussed the subject Wednesday and agreed a more effective way to deal with the allegations made in Goldstone's report, is to make it clear to the international community that a referral of the report to the International Criminal Court will deal a death blow to the peace process, Haaretz said.
Haaretz said Netanyahu also rejected establishing a special board of inquiry to probe the Israel Army actions in the Gaza offensive, saying such a move would suggest the army is untrustworthy.