June 9th, 2010
11:33 AM ET

Israel PM offers to appear at flotilla raid inquiry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he is willing to appear before an investigation into the Israeli commando raid on a flotilla last week, but will accept only an Israeli military investigation.

"I, the defense minister, the ministers and the chief of staff are all prepared to appear and give all the facts, but I insisted that the only body that will continue to investigate our soldiers will be the IDF," Netanyahu said in his first public remarks on the raid.

Nine people were killed May 31 when the Israeli military boarded a ship trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israel says its troops were attacked with knives, metal poles and other objects.

There have been demands for an international inquiry after the widely condemned raid, which Israel has rejected.

"I ask that the whole truth will be revealed and therefore the investigation needs to include also answers to questions that some in the international community prefer to ignore," Netanyahu said.

"Who stood behind the extremist group on the boat? Who subsidized them? How did axes, knives, bars and other weapons get on the ship?" he demanded.

"The world needs to know the whole picture and we will make sure that the whole picture will be revealed," he said.

Israel has said its naval blockade is in place to stop weaponry from reaching militants in Gaza intent on attacking Israel. But critics say the three-year blockade - imposed after Hamas took over Gaza - has deepened poverty in the Palestinian territory.

The U.N. Security Council has called for an inquiry into the flotilla raid, and the U.N. Human Rights Council has condemned the assault and voted to launch an investigation.

Israeli officials have defended the legality of the raid, criticizing those aboard the Mavi Marmara for attacking the boarding party and insisting that they can handle the investigation themselves.

On Monday the Israeli military's chief of general staff appointed a reserve general to lead "a team of experts" in order to "establish lessons from the event," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

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  1. Ron Douglas

    Please, when do the killers get to investigate their own crimes??? laughable!! of course I can think of another country...US... "get the hell out of Palestine" was absolutely correct..

    June 9, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanD

      Sure, just show me where Palestine has ever existed.

      Nice try, Ronnazi. Did you even watch the video? Also note that the only crime involved was the act of terrorism by the "Free Gaza" movement to attack Israel. Where's your thoughts on why the other 5 ships got searched painlessly? Where's your thought on the reasoning to not accept Israel's offer to land at port and have them transfer the aid to Gaza?

      June 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Dude, Israel is out of 100% of Gaza and there is no peace.. You want Israel totally wiped out like Ahmadnejad and you are no different.

      June 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AR

      Mr. Douglas I'm guessing you support "Go back to Poland" as well? In the words of Jon Stewart... "Why DID the Jews leave Poland"?

      June 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blitz

      Before you spew hate and prove your ignorance, have you seen the videos where the IDF soldiers were being attacked by stun grenades as their boat approached the ship? Have you read history? When was ever a country called Palestine, it must be a figment of your imagination. The statement that you refer to should say “get the hell out of ISRAEL”, have you heard of MOSES, ABRAHAM, Etc.? The Jews lived in that area for 3000 years, just because Salah El-Din kicked them out (Along with the Christians) does not make it his land nor a Muslim land. So if your neighbor attacks you and displaces you out of your house, and occupies it for few months, does it means that you cannot come back and reclaim it at a later date? Wow, you must be a genius, now we all know how you voted in 08.

      June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • DAN

      @ Ron Douglas your lack of education is showing please refrain from further comments on this issue and other issues pertaing to isreal conflicts because you dont know anything about it... your comment is baseless... USA would have done the same if a ship refused to stop in the blockade.. YOU KNOW THIS!!!!! and if any soldier was attacked upon boarding for inspection i would guarantee the soldiers would have killed all people aboard then would sink that boat as a lesson..... So, my question what did Isreal Defense Force do wrong here... according to the coverage of the news it seems they were being attacked by clubs, knives and bats etc etc...

      June 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Ron... live in the US? Love freedom? Move to Gaza and you won't be a whiny hypocrite!

      June 15, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack Freeman

    For your information the other 5 ships were only carrying goods to the people of Gaza. There were only the ship crew on those other 5 ships. One more information for you is that it is against the international law to attack or even try to stop a ship which is in international waters. It is a crime.

    June 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rosenjeff94

    Blockade runners have been around since forever. US also used Blockades during our wars. Israel had every right to board that ship and defend themselves from attack. These people were standing there waiting for them with pipes overhead and knives pulled. US have used Blockades and Blockade Runners in all of our wars including Revolutionary and Civil War. Israel just wanted to ensure that no weapons were getting through to Gaza. US when we used Blockade Runners new the risk was getting blown out of the water. I don't think any country was condemning them during that time. That was the risk.

    June 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 100%reason

    The raid went terribly wrong but wasnt meant to be that way, it was a plain ambush.
    That was a criminal act by israel to board in international waters? sure, but when somali pirates board a ship then the crew, mostly, dont try to fight fully armed pirates, the "pacifist" knew the israelis would come unarmed or, at least, with a backup 9mm but, in the videos, they show paintball toy guns probably filled with pepper for crowd control.
    Israeli commandos dont NEED to get in the ship to kill 9 ppl, they got plenty of firepower from the gunboats to do that easily from the zodiaks. Those ppl were killed because they attacked them with violence and they got a violent reaction from the commandos. Why the other 5 ships were boarded peacefully? due number 6 was filled with pro-Hezbollah and Hamas ppl, they were waiting for them on deck with pipes and knifes. True "pacifist" dont engage in hand-to-hand combat with commandos.
    If that boat would had left from Lebanon then 100% sure there will be Hezbollah infiltrators in the group BUT with AK47s. In that case the isrelis would have blown up the ship if the commandos would have been killed.

    June 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DiwChuck

    Both sides have the right idea. isreal is not going to let any ships break the blockade and if the ships truely have only humanitarian items on them, then there is no reason why they should not be allowed thru. If the ships truely have only humanitarian items on them they should continue what they are doing on a daily basis. Evenually they will all get to know the Israeli solders and evenually it will become a tradition. The solders will drop in and they can all have lunch togeather.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tarin

    These people have been fighting since the beginning of time. Why should they stop now after hundreds of years of killing? You'd think that that would be enough bloodshed but it is not. They're all fighting over the "holy land" but the way I see it, wherever I put my feet, I am on holy ground and cannot take to killing anyone.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. IS THER GUY/ MAN WITH 100% GUTS HERE?

    AGAIN AND AGAIN THE SAYS IT IS APLIN AMBUSH AND EVERYBODY SEEMS TO WANT TO STOP THE BLOCKADE?
    OK THEN I INVITE ONE MAN WHO HAS THE GUTS JUST FOR ONE DAY TO LIVE THE LIFE OF A SOLDIER HERE IN GAZA OR IN THE MARINES WHERE IT HAPPEN. OR SOMEBODY CAN LIVE THE LIVE OF A 4 YEAR OLD CHILD WHO LIVES IN THE SOUTH SIDE WHERE INSTEAD OF HEARING MUSIC HE HEARS SIRENS SO HIM AND HIS FAMILY CAN RUN ON A BASEMENT AS THEIR REGULAR DAILY LIFE BECAUSE OF MISSILES ATTAK. OR CHANGE OUR LIFE FOR ONE DAY MUSLIMS OR JEWISH WHO GETS ON BUS TO TEL-AVIV ON THEIR MIND THAT MAYBE THERE IS A SUICIDE BOMBER OR JUST ONE DAIY BE IN FIELD WITH SOLDIERS WHO DEALS WITH EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE NORTH SIDE AS THEY THROW STONES AND ON NIGHT TIME THOSE WHO ARE SAID BORN TO BE JAHID WILL TRY TO ENTER ISRAEL SO THEY CAN DO SUICIDE BANK. IS THERE ANYBODY CAN BE IN OUR SHOES?
    IS THERE ANYBODY CAN ASSURE THAT STOPPING BLOCKADE WILL BE GOOD AND NO PEOPLE IN ISRAEL WILL BE HARM?
    IS THERE ANYBODY OF YOU CAN PROMISE THAT HAMAS NOR EITHER GROUP SAME AS HAMAS WILL NOT CAPTURE AND TORTURE A SOLDIER, KILL INNCOCENT CHILDRENS, WOMENS?
    YOU ALL ONLY SEE WHAT HAVE BEEN SEEN IN NEWS U DO NOT SEE IT IN EVERY DAY HOW WE LIVES OUR LIFES HERE.
    WITH ALL THE SYMPHATY FOR PALESTINIANS IN GAZA IN THE BOTTOM OF THEIR HEART THEY ARE TOO LONGING FOR PEACE BUT DO THEY HAVE THE VOICE TO SPEAK????????.
    AND IF THAT SHIP WAS INTENDEDLY ONLY FOR HUMANITARIAN AID. WHY THEY DID NOT LET OUR SOLDIERS CHEC THE VESSELS QUITELY AND PEACEFULLY INSTEAD THE ATTACK THEM? SOMEBODY SAY THE SOLDIERS DID FIRST. IF SOMEBODY CAN SEE AND OPEN THEIR EYES OUR SOLDIER WHO CAME ON A POLE DID NOT EVEN REACH THE GROUND AND HE WAS BRUTALYY ATTACKED. WHO CAN EXPLAIN THOSE DEADLY KNIVES AND OTHER WEAPONS FOUND IN THE SHIP?
    IS THERE SOMEBODY WHO IS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT MAN ENOUGH TO COME AND CHECK ALL THESE??????????
    IT IS EASY TO TALK AND TO JUDGE AS SEEN BY NEWS OR WHAT SO EVER.. BUT IS HARD TO DEFEND US AS NONE OF YOU WHO DOES NOT LIVE HERE HAVE THE TRUTH KNOWLEDGE OF DAILY LIFE BETWEEN THE BOTH SIDE
    SO STOP BEING HYPOCRITE TOWARDS ISRAEL.......CHECK OUT FIRST

    June 10, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • BDS

      Why did the jews steal the land from Palestine and use their bible to justify it? In the minds of most the people around the world, not governments but everyday people, the jews stole the land from the Palestinians and this fighting will go on until the end. If the Palestinians have no rights to their land, then nobody else should. A bible is only a history book, what were once called prophets are now called psychics. Religions were thought up by a government that was looking for a way to control the masses.

      June 10, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • LaughingMan

      I didn't both reading your post. Anyone who can't figure out how to turn off CAPS LOCK can't have anything important to say...

      June 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • strato

      yeah right and the palestinians have music and internet connection also to wine like you right. They have everything they want thats true and you have not. I dont c any palestinian reaction but lots of loser JEWS talkin about their raid. I am Turkish and you will c what your best friend can do as your best FOE after 9 TURKISH citicen were killed by you JEWS. COme wine on, you have a connection for that, after all bill gates made windows for you not the palestinians.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rocman

    I hear you brother.....well said

    June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Adam

    If vegetarians eat vegetables, What do Humanitarians eat?

    June 10, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. BDS

    Why is it that some people support a group of people that use religion as an excuse to take over somebody else s country? How would allot of us feel here if this same religion came here to try to take over our country. I know what I will do our government falls, I will fight until we have a government that is for the people and not for big business. Palestine welcomed the jews into their country just to have it taken over, how sad....

    June 10, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ian

    I'm pretty sure the Jews didn't take over Palestine, it was given to them after the Holocaust and was given to them as the chosen land of Canaan in the bible. Israel has every right to protect itself and they wouldn't kill 9 people on a boat unprovoked. Compared with the severity that some other countries respond to terrorism, I think Israel is being pretty systematic about it. If they really wanted to, they could use the US strategy of: My military is stronger so I'm going to declare war on terrorism and knock you out.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com many thanks guys for visit and spread it overseas...

    June 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    BDS is an IDIOT!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    strato is an IDIOT!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fred Mertz

    Netanyahu will sit there and spread the filthy Israel propaganda lie. All the while the IFD thugs will get a pass along with medal they got for killing nine innocent unarmed activists.

    What part of oppressive apartheid fascist don't you get?

    Having Israel investigate themselves is like the Catholic Church investigate Pedophile Priests.

    June 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |