Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Reversing position, Israel announced yesterday that it will cooperate with a United Nations panel appointed to investigate the May 2010 raid by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on a group of ships carrying humanitarian aid that attempted to run the sea blockade of Gaza. That raid turned deadly when the IDF encountered resistance by some of the activists aboard the ships. Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, is quoted in the Washington Post today as saying: "Israel has nothing to hide. The opposite is true. It is in the national interest of the state of Israel to ensure that the factual truth of the overall flotilla events comes to light throughout the world." Israel is reportedly hoping that its cooperation will repair its relations with Turkey, an important ally in the Middle East.
In related news, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also announced on Monday the members of the investigative panel. The panel will include former New Zealand premier Geoffrey Palmer and outgoing Columbian President Alvaro Uribe, in addition to two other members, one to be appointed by Israel and one to be appointed by Turkey.