PM Netanyahu: Raid on Gaza flotilla was necessary to protect Israel

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 23: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2R) speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting on January 23, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. Netanyahu said of the Turkel Commission into the nine deaths of Turkish citizens 'that IDF soldiers acted legally and in self-defense'. (Photo by Oliver Weiken - Pool/Getty Images)

Turkel Commission finds that Israel’s blockade on Gaza is legal, and that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense during raid on a Gaza-bound ship which killed nine Turkish citizens.

Jan 23 (KATAKAMI.COM / HAARETZ) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday expressed his satisfaction with the findings of Turkel Commission, which probed the Israel Defense Forces raid on a Gaza-bound ship last May and found that Israeli soldiers acted in accordance with international law during the operation.

“The truth is simple,” said Netanyahu. “IDF soldiers defended themselves and their country. It is not only their privilege but also their duty and the State of Israel stands behind their actions.”

Netanyahu also added that every time Israel needs to defend itself, it is charged with committing w Defense Minister Ehud Barak also lauded the Turkel Commission’s report on Sunday, saying that its findings prove Israel is a law-abiding nation.

The first part of the panel’s report, released Sunday, found that the Israeli soldiers who took part in a raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last May which resulted in the deaths of nine people had acted in self-defense. It also determined that Israel’s three-and-a-half year blockade of the Gaza Strip does not break international law. (*)


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