Israel's Mossad chief urged to clarify agency's role in flotilla raid

14:12, August 30, 2010      

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A commission probing an Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla wants Israel's Mossad ( intelligence) chief to detail any involvement in the military operation, an official statement said on Sunday.

The Turkel Commission, an independent public commission set up to investigate the commando raid on May 31 which killed nine pro- Palestinian Turkish activists, has already heard testimony of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and top Israel Defense Forces officials concerning the decision-making process that preceded the raid.

In the letter sent last Wednesday to Mossad Director Meir Dagan and revealed Sunday, the commission wants to know what part the Mossad played in assisting the Israeli army in blocking the Mavi Marmara from reaching the Palestinian enclave.

An Israeli military investigation team headed by retired Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Maj.-Gen. Giora Eiland concluded that the operation's planners lacked critical intelligence regarding the international aid flotilla and the potential for violence which ultimately materialized aboard the Turkish-flagged vessel.

In a closed-door session of the Turkel Committee last week, Eiland said if a Mossad agent had been present aboard the Turkish ship and relayed real-time information about its passengers and their plan to counter the soldiers with violence, the raid's tragic results could have been avoided.

Source: Xinhua


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