The decision to establish a committee to investigate the Gaza flotilla raid was made to appease the international community, said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a meeting of his Likud party on Monday.
Netanyahu added that “there is a difficult and continuing struggle against Israel being led by the country’s enemies.”
Earlier in the day, however, Netanyahu seems to be taking a different tack, telling his cabinet that the committee must give a “credible and convincing response” to the world.
except for IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, IDF soldiers will not testify before the commission. The army will instead provide the commission the summaries of its own operational investigations – chaired by Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland.
“I estimate that the cabinet’s decision this morning to establish a special, independent public commission will make it clear to the entire world that the State of Israel acts according to law, transparently, and with full responsibility, ” Netanyahu concluded.