'Ya'alon not notified on flotilla raid'

Channel 2: PM's replacement not informed of impending op on ships.

June 10, 2010 21:18
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Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Ariel Je

yaalon great 311. (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

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.

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The defense minister issued a denial saying that the deputy prime minister's office was periodically notified of the plans.

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 investigation of the raid which is due to report on July 4.

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