Israel hopes inquiry will turn spotlight on activists
Yes, the activists made Israel murder them. The activists made Israel attack them. Israel is the real victim here. Being forced by the despicable international community to do something!
"The decision to establish a committee to investigate the Gaza flotilla raid was made to appease the international community", said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a meeting of his Likud party on Monday.
Note, he doesn't mention truth? Getting to the bottom of things?
Israel is simply at the mercy of the international community!
From what I am reading, this is an exercise in public relations, spin, or my personal favourite - perception management.
Israel has set up a 3 man panel to 'investigate' and has appointed two foreign observers.
The 3 man panel consists of Yaakov Tirkel, 75, who will work alongside retired major general Amos Horev, 86, and Shabtai Rosen, 93, a professor of international law.
The two foreign observers are "friend of Israel" David Trimble and a Canadian Ken Watkin.
Regarding David Trimble....
"I have to question the intention of the Israeli government in appointing David Trimble on the panel," she said.If anyone has the scoop on Wilkins, let me know? I see he was involved with 'investigating' Rwanda, which leads me to believe he is a cover-up kind of guy also.
"Many will question just how serious or impartial an investigation Israel has initiated when at this early stage they send a very clear message to the world that only those supportive of Israel will be in a position to investigate what was a criminal act of international piracy."
What powers will Trimble and Watkins actually have?
-They would not be able "to vote in relation to the proceedings and conclusions of the commission."
-The two could also be denied access to information that could "cause substantial harm to national security or to the state's foreign relations."
It would seem limited powers? But, nice window dressing right?
No troops who were involved with the attack will be testifying!
-Israel has made clear the committee will not hear any direct testimony from troops involved in the raid.
This is an investigation you can believe in!
(I am being facetious, of course)