The Americans have proposed that Netanyahu announce that an independent Israeli commission of inquiry will look into the events of the flotilla clashes and accept the participation of an American observer.As anyone who has ever heard about commissions of investigation knows, rules number one, two and three are to ensure its composition will give the right result. All the rest is irrelevant. This proposal seems to be that Israel needs to have a commission headed by civilians, not the military, and there will be an American professional sitting in on it.
There's certainly need for someone outside the defense establishment to ask some intelligent questions, so there's no problem with that part. The Americans, even though we do argue rather often with some of them these days, are our friends, so there's no problem with that, either. Since the idea originated with the Americans, they'll give us much needed cover for the findings. What's not to like?
Well, apparently some of our folks don't like it:
Political sources in Israel say that Netanyahu is in no rush, at this stage, to accept the American offer. The possibility was not discussed at length during the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Sources in the prime minister's bureau said it was still too early to talk of a committee of inquiry...
Calls in Israel for a commission of inquiry were also described by government sources as "exaggerated responses," and they warned against "self-flagellation."Sources in the political leadership and in the General Staff reject the idea that the operation against the flotilla was a failure and argue it achieved its aim because it stopped the ships from reaching the Gaza Strip.
It's things like this that remind me why I voted Kadima. Not certain they'd be better at much, but this knee-jerk response of "If they criticize us we must stop thinking ourselves" is idiotic.