The Turkish Aid Flotilla incident from May 31st continues to make news – and will now for the months ahead.
Where are we at right now?
Israel has conducted one military investigation, and has begun another government commissioned inquiry. Turkey for it's part has an investigation as well.
But it is the United Nations Commission that is now formed and soon to commence, with the former Premier of New Zealand, Mr. Geoffrey Palmer at the helm, that is the media catch right now.
All parties involved have been re-releasing their sides of the story to the press and the world in order to put opinion on their side.
Israel announced yesterday, both via the Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and then at an Official news conference where the Prime Minister, Mr. Bibi Netanyahu, announced that Israel will officially cooperate in the Investigation. Mr. Netanyahu again reiterated that the action of the aid flotilla was to bring terror and that it sought a confrontation.
This is in contrast to, most recently the Israeli Military Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, other International investigations particularly emanating from the UN where Israel has not cooperated in investigations.
Mr. Palmer has cautioned that his task is a sensitive one, and that things will be a challenge. How it is understood that the process will work, is that the commission will have a panel who will review the reports provided to them by both Israel and Turkey. There will be both a Turkish and Israeli representative in the commission. At this point it is not clear just how the mechanics of this will work, but most probably we will see a review, questions will be pursued and investigation done, with a conclusion submitted to the Secretary General of the UN – and no doubt to the world's press.
Israel for it's part, will push its right to defend the blockade's in confronting the flotilla in international waters. Turkey, does not really have a specific argument to push as it was not an official government action on their part, except for the fact that it was it's citizens who were killed by Israel's naval forces.
Middle East Correspondent