Israel to probe flotilla raid - Macleans.ca

Israel to probe flotilla raid

Proposed inquiry could include Canadian observer

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Israel has retained retired Brigadier General Ken Watkin, Canada’s former judge advocate general, as one of two observers for a proposed inquiry into the raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The investigation is expected to be presented for approval to Israel’s cabinet on Monday and would be chaired by retired Israeli Supreme Court justice Yaakov Turkel. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon welcomed the commission, as well as Watkin’s selection, and re-emphasized Ottawa’s support for Israel’s security concerns. “While we fully support the importance of delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza,” he said, “we also fully support Israel’s right to inspect ships to ensure military material and armaments do not reach the hands of Hamas terrorists.”

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