"The Turkel Commission Report and Initial Reactions
Posted on Thu, January 27, 2011 at 1:01 am, in Gaza Flotillas and Convoys, Hamas, Israel, Turkey
The Turkel Commission Report and Initial Reactions
On January 23 the Turkel Commission issued the first part of its report. The commission investigated the issue of the Israeli takeover of the flotilla, during which IDF forces were attacked by operatives belonging to the Turkish IHH. The commission considered the blockade of the Gaza Strip and determined that it was in accordance the rules of international law. With all issues relating to the flotilla the commission determined that the takeover of the ship was carried out in accordance with international law. That was because if the vessel’s intention was to violate the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, it was permissible to take control of it even if it were in international waters. The commission determined that the IDF had not taken into consideration a scenario of an organized force armed with deadly weapons which would actively oppose an attempt to board the ship."
More:The Turkel Commission Report and Initial Reactions | the Crethi & the Plethi | News, Analysis, Opinions and In depth information on Middle East Affairs