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Wonderment
06-14-2010, 03:53 AM
Israel's self-investigation of the flotilla killings supposedly has the USA's blessing, although reports were floated last week that the Obama administration might veto the Netanyahu tail wagging the dog. Not likely. The whitewash commission is ready for roll-out today. (http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/n-irish-nobel-laureate-canadian-jurist-to-observe-gaza-flotilla-probe-1.295961)

Read the whole article to see how the composition of the investigators is rigged.

Florian
06-14-2010, 06:09 AM
Israel's self-investigation of the flotilla killings supposedly has the USA's blessing, although reports were floated last week that the Obama administration might veto the Netanyahu tail wagging the dog. Not likely. The whitewash commission is ready for roll-out today. (http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/n-irish-nobel-laureate-canadian-jurist-to-observe-gaza-flotilla-probe-1.295961)

Read the whole article to see how the composition of the investigators is rigged.

Thanks. It will be very easy to demonstrate that Israel didn't violate international law. Take the following:

"Another question the committee will address is the Goldstone report and demands to hold an international inquiry against Israel regarding events in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, claiming that Israel cannot investigate itself.".

So.... a committee that has empowered itself to investigate violations of international law will investigate whether it is entitled under international law to empower itself to investigate whether...... Is it very difficult to see how this merry-go-round will turn?

The committee will scrutinize whether claims regarding the breaching of the rules of engagement, the general procedure in Israel and as applied with regard to the current event, conform to the obligations of the state of Israel regarding international law," the statement from Netanyahu's bureau said. ".

There is a classic distinction in international law between jus ad bellum and jus in bello. The latter refers to whether a war is carried out in accordance with the "rules of engagement." It will be fairly easy to establish that Israel has violated no rules of engagement: acting in self-defense is always just.

But jus ad bellum? There's the rub!

Whatfur
06-14-2010, 08:23 AM
Israel's self-investigation of the flotilla killings supposedly has the USA's blessing, although reports were floated last week that the Obama administration might veto the Netanyahu tail wagging the dog. Not likely. The whitewash commission is ready for roll-out today. (http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/n-irish-nobel-laureate-canadian-jurist-to-observe-gaza-flotilla-probe-1.295961)

Read the whole article to see how the composition of the investigators is rigged.


I guess your post then is not the only thing that telegraphs forgone conclusions..?.

Wonderment
06-14-2010, 07:04 PM
And so it goes...



The United States declared Monday that it stood by Israel's decision to conduct an internal probe moderated by international observers of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla.

"We believe that Israel certainly, as a government, has the institutions and certainly the capability to conduct a credible, impartial and transparent investigation," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, hours after Israel introduced the members of a panel created to probe the Israel Navy raid which killed nine people on May 31.