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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon, who
was filling in for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week, was never informed by
Defense Minister Ehud Barak of plans to take over a Gaza-bound flotilla,
Channel 2 news reported on Thursday
quick decision on probe
approves David Cohen as police chief
planning flotilla court case'
On the eve of the deadly
navy commando raid on the Mavi Marmara,
Netanyahu was visiting North America and his
replacement was Ya'alon, who said that he was
never informed of the raid plans.
The defense minister issued a
denial saying that the deputy prime minister's office was periodically notified of
Channel 2 news also reported on the plans for a committee to investigate
the raid. They reported that the committee would be headed by a retired
high court judge, Jacob Turkel, and include two respected foreign legal
experts. They will examine the legality of the ship's takeover and
whether excessive force was used in the process.
Turkel was a High Court judge from 1995 - 2005, and before that
spent many years as the head of the Beersheba District Court.
This investigation would appear to be in addition to the military
of the raid which is due to report on July 4.