Turkel committee proceedings to be public

Flotilla investigation appoints secretary.

Flotilla Committee 311 (photo credit: Moshe Milner)
Flotilla Committee 311
(photo credit: Moshe Milner)
The proceedings of the committee examining the IDF’s raid on the Gaza flotilla will be made open to the public, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The Terkel Committee, which will probe the IDF raid on May 31 that left eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish American dead, will also call on a number of public figures to testify, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
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Following controversy over the advanced ages of the three Israeli jurists that currently make up the committee, former Supreme Court Justice Ya’acov Terkel, 75, decided this week to appoint Hosea Gotlieb, 33, to act as the committee’s secretary.
Gotlieb, an attorney, worked under former attorney- general Menachem Mazuz as well as a legal counselor for Justice ministers Daniel Friedman and Yaakov Neeman. Since his appointment, Gotlieb has returned to Israel from the US, where he is studying at Harvard University.
The average age of the jurists is 85, and their appointment has led to some speculation that the government is not taking the matter of the probe seriously. Attention has focused particularly on Shabtai Rosen, 93, who was photographed a week and a half ago at home in his pajamas next to his Filipino caretaker.
The Terkel Committee also includes two foreign observers, Kenneth “Ken” Watkin, 56, the former Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Northern Ireland politician, David Trimble, 65.