The Government of Israel has announced the names of the people who will sit on the panel investigating it’s interception of the Gaza bound flotilla on May 31st. The panel will be chaired by a retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice and the two panel members are an Israeli Professor of International Law and a General in Israel’s reserve forces. There will also be two international observers, a British winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Judge Advocate General of Canada’s armed forces, who is also an international lawyer. The inquiry will be wide-ranging and cover all aspects of the incident, including whether Israel’s blockade of Gaza is allowed under international law and how the violence and death that occurred came about.
The panel members and observers all have unimpeachable reputations and are exceedingly well qualified to participate in an inquiry of this sort. They can be counted on to produce a report that is honest, unbiased, thorough and complete.
Not surprisingly the inquiry has been criticized and dismissed by the Turks and the Palestinians, among others, ostensibly because they think it won’t be objective. That isn’t the real reason though…the real reason is that they fear the panel will uphold the legitimacy and legality of Israel’s blockade of Gaza and absolve the Israelis of blame for the violence and deaths on board the Mavi Marmara. It might point out a few other unpleasant truths as well, such as that Palestinians are the largest per capita recipients of foreign aid in the world, that Israel itself delivers up to 15,000 tons of aid to Gaza every week, that the blockade is necessary because without it more and bigger weapons would be smuggled into Gaza which would be used to murder and maim Israelis and threaten Israel’s national security and that the flotilla had nothing to do with delivering humanitarian aid-it was never anything more than a cheap publicity stunt calculated to discredit Israel and enhance Turkey’s standing in the Middle East and Islamic world.
The fact of the matter is that the inquiry could be conducted by Christ, Muhammad and Moses with Gandhi and Nelson Mandela as the observers and it would still be seen as unacceptable by the usual suspects. Turkey, Iran, the Palestinians et al don’t want an honest, balanced report that could be critical of them and expose their abominable actions and underlying mentality to the world. They want a report that will whitewash their behavior and heap criticism and approbation on Israel. They’re afraid that they might get something completely different however, which is why they’re doing everything they can to renounce it, aided and abetted by apologists like the European Union, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and President Obama.
What an entirely predictable response.