Cabinet appoints Merchav and Deutch to Turkel committee

July 25, 2010 12:59


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The Cabinet approved Sunday the appointments of Reuven Merchav and Prof. Miguel Deutch to serve on the Independent Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of May 31, chaired by retired [Supreme Court] Justice Jacob Turkel.

Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman noted that the decision was made after several women candidates were ruled out due to conflicts of interest and others had refused. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the Cabinet would add additional members of either gender to the Commission, should this prove necessary, and added that the Commission was independent and meets all international standards regarding full transparency and responsibility.

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