Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the regret expressed by Richard Goldstone over his report was "too limited, and comes too late," reported Army Radio on Sunday.
According to the report, Barak said the damage caused by the Goldstone report could not be undone. "The state of Israel announced that the report was fundamentally distorted. The Goldstone commission was based, from the beginning, on blood libels. It did not pretend to determine whether there were in fact war crimes, but in advance meant to determine which war crimes that Israel allegedly led."
Barak aslo explained the Israeli decision not to cooperate with the Goldstone commission saying "Goldstone wanted us to give him facts, however we didn't have facts, because at the time we hadn't conducted our own investigation."
Added Barak, "there is no basis to the claim that Israel kept information from the committee, to the contrary- we submitted a report consisting of hundreds of pages that brought forth our opinions on every incident. The committee took our report into its hands, and instead used the our arguments against us."
Concluded Barak, "every country would have acted like Israel did if an international factor would come and place blame."
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