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Netanyahu To Commandos: 'I Salute You'

Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010 09:09 AM

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that "Israel's right to self-defense is under attack."

Speaking to elite IDF troops, the prime minister went on, "You have proved that there's no limit to your skill, and I salute you."

Navy commandos from Shayetet 13, the unit involved in last week's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, were among the group.

While the prime minister argues that Israel's self-defense is being undermined, his administration, though no official statement has been issued, seems to be considering the establishment of an Israeli investigative committee – and not a wider government commission of inquiry – with the participation of two foreign observers, one American and one from an unnamed country.

It is not clear who will lead the probe, but one name being prominently mentioned is law professor Ruth Lapidot. The panel is expected to question the political echelon and senior military officials, but not the soldiers who took part in the raid.

It is also expected to look at the legality of the naval blockade on Gaza, and the legality and manner in which Israel prevented the flotilla from reaching Gaza.

Jerusalem is also discussing the framework of the probe with Washington, to ensure the committee meets US requirements. The State Department stressed that it expected Israel to fulfill the obligations for a credible investigation laid out last week, though officials declined to address specific configurations.

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