UN human rights investigator Richard Goldstone has rejected Israel's claim that the peace process would be harmed by his report on the offensive in Gaza.
Judge Goldstone said there was no peace process at present and Israel's foreign minister did not want there to be one.
The Goldstone report, which has been endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, accuses both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes.
Mr Goldstone's remarks came in a conference call with American rabbis.
"It's a shallow, utterly false allegation," Mr Goldstone said of Israel's attempt to brand his report as an obstacle to peace.
"What peace process are they talking about? There isn't one. The Israeli foreign minister doesn't want one," Mr Goldstone said.
"If the Israeli government set up an appropriate, open investigation, it will really be the end of the matter. That's where the report would end as far as Israel is concerned," he added.
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