PMO considers raid probe options

US suggests Israel establish inquiry team lead by int'l judge.

June 3, 2010 09:13
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the week

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The Prime Minster's Office and the defense establishment are currently weighing the option of whether or not to institute a National Commission of Inquiry which would investigate this week's IDF flotilla raid, Army Radio reported Thursday.

The US suggested that Israel establish an inquiry team which would be lead by an internationally recognized judge, and which would also host an American representative.

'Don't submit to outside probe of raid'

IDF sources said Thursday morning that it is important to differentiate between an internal investigation and establishing a National Commission of Inquiry. "An intermediate situation is not ideal, and will likely lead to conflicting results," the IDF sources said.

A final decision will likely be delivered in the next few days.

UNHRC demands raid investigation

The United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla on Wednesday, and in harsh language called for a Goldstone-like probe of the military operation that left nine dead.

During a second bruising day of debate in Geneva, the 47-member body passed a resolution with a majority vote of 32. The United States voted against the Palestinian-backed document and several European countries, including France and England, abstained.

The resolution accuses Israel of violating international law and calls for the immediate lifting of the Gaza blockade.

It also calls for “an independent international fact finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance.”

'Deeply disturbed' by loss of life, US calls for disclosure of facts

In an explanation of its vote, the American envoy said the US is “deeply disturbed” by the violence and condemned the acts that resulted in the loss of so many lives.

“Unfortunately, the resolution before us rushes to judgment on a set of facts that, as our debate over the last day makes clear, are only beginning to be discovered and understood,” the American ambassador, Eileen Donahoe, said Wednesday.

“It creates an international mechanism before giving the responsible government an opportunity to investigate itself and therefore risks further politicizing a sensitive and volatile situation.”

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