The UN secretary general has called for a multinational investigation of Israel’s raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine dead, an Israeli official said on Sunday.
Ban Ki-Moon has proposed that the inquiry be headed by the former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer and include representatives from Turkey — under whose flag many of the ships in the aid convoy sailed — Israel and the US, an official from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office said.
Ban’s proposal came after Israel risked a fresh wave of international condemnation yesterday by detaining a boat carrying humanitarian aid attempting to break the blockade of Gaza and forcibly diverting it to the port of Ashdod. Israel has said that most of those aboard the M.V. Rachel Corrie will be deported today.
Ban discussed his proposal for a probe into the first raid with Netanyahu on Saturday, the Israeli official, not willing to be identified, said.