Israel on Tuesday announced that it would not cooperate with an "independent" commission of inquiry into the seizure of six humanitarian aid ships attempting to break the Gaza maritime blockade, an operation that turned bloody when the crew of one of the ships attacked the Israeli boarding party.
Jerusalem said the Israeli army would conduct its own investigation of the operation, as it does after every major operation, and that its methods meet the highest standards, making it unnecessary to take part in a UN-commissioned investigation. Especially since UN-commissioned investigations have proved in the past to cater to the unsubstantiated narrative provided by Israel's enemies.
For those determined to carry out their own investigation even without Israeli cooperation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged them to start from the position that Israel had every right to impose a maritime blockade on Gaza, and that doing so was necessary to prevent future missile barrages against southern Israel.
Netanyahu reminded the world that just last November, Israeli naval commandos intercepted the cargo ship Francop off the coast of Lebanon carrying some 200 tons of weapons from Iran to the Lebanese terrorist militia Hizballah. Arms shipments to Hizballah are illegal under international law, but without Israel's interference, the Francop's cargo would have reached the group.
Similarly, Israel cannot allow for the possibility that massive amounts of weapons will be shipped into the Hamas-ruled Gaza terrorist state.
Hamas, meanwhile, was almost giddy at the prospect of a new UN commission of inquire targeting Israel. Hamas leader Khaled Mashal said at a press conference in Yemen that the UN should launch another "Goldstone Commission," referencing the largely-debunked and extremely-biased UN investigation into the handling of the most recent war between Israel and Hamas. Despite the fact that the war erupted as a result of massive and sustained Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel, the Goldstone Report blamed Israel for the conflict and accused both its soldiers and leaders of committing war crimes.