Lieberman: We don't fear probe

FM says Israel "has nothing to hide" with an internal inquiry.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 3, 2010 13:00
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Lieberman on the way to a cabinet meeting on Thurs

Lieberman worried 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )

Israel should have no concerns about forming an internal inquiry committee, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday on Israel Radio, “we have nothing to hide.”

“We have excellent jurists, such as Meir Shamgar, Aharon Barak, Amnon Rubinstein – one of whom will be willing to take it on himself, and if they want to include an international member of some sort in their committee – that’s alright too,” Lieberman said in the interview with Israel Radio.

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The foreign minister continued to say that the majority of Israeli officials oppose an international inquiry, detailing that Israel is capable enough to investigate the case on its own. "We don't need a guardian," he said.

"We need to investigate our intelligence failures, as well as our decision making process," Lieberman continued.

Lieberman: All responsibility falls on Turkey

The foreign minister also discussed Israel's cooling relations with Turkey, and asserted that the shift in direction is not Israel's fault.

"All the changes that have taken place were changes that occurred within Turkey's society," Lieberman said.

"We have an obsessive need to always take the blame- but it just isn't true. [The changes] are not coming from our relationship with Turkey, they are coming from changes within Turkey," he asserted.

"All responsibility, from the beginning to the end, falls on Turkey," Lieberman said.

We will not let the Rachel Corrie ship reach Gaza banks

In the interview with Army Radio, Lieberman also underlined Israel's position on the additional aid ships approaching Gaza. "We must make sure that Rachel Corrie will not reach the banks of Gaza."

"We are a sovereign country, and we will not let anyone hurt our sovereignty," he said.


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