The news here all day has centered around the United Nations Palmer Report on the Flotilla Incident which happened May 31st, 2010, on the Israel Defense Forces' raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine Turkish activists were killed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had suggested a few days ago that the Report be delayed by another six months. However, the Turkish government rejected Mr. Netanyahu's proposal, claiming it was not serious.
Publication of the Commission's report has been postponed three times before, each time with the consent of both Turkey and Israel. This was largely seen as a way to by time to get the parties to try and smooth things over.
Turkey has insisted Israel apologize for the affair and open the blockade in place on the Gaza strip for fear of weapons smuggling. For it's part Israel has hinted it may make some type of admission – but has ruled out that it will officially apologize – nor lift the blockade.
Turkey said earlier today that it would not tolerate further delay in releasing the report. It warned of consequences should Israel continue to refuse to apologize for the incident.
The New York Times has obtained a copy of the report that states that the Commission found that the Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara in route to the Gaza Strip faced “organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers,” and thus were “forced to use self defense”, but found that the soldiers used “excessive and unreasonable force”.
The report goes on to say that the loss of life on board the ship is “unacceptable.”
It says that the organizers of the flotilla were reckless in their planning and questions their motives.
It also mentions that the Turkish government could have done more to have prevented the flotilla from setting sail.
I'll have more for you tomorrow – check back in!
Middle East Correspondent