A U.N. review of Israel’s 2010 raid on a Turkish-based flotilla in which nine passengers were killed has found that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is both legal and appropriate, The New York Times
reported on Thursday. “Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza,” says the Palmer Commission Report, expected to be released Friday. “The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.” The report questions the conduct and objectives of the flotilla organizers, particularly the Turkish aid group I.H.H., and says that the Israeli commandos were required to use force when they faced “organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers.” Negotiations between Israel and Turkey to avoid making the report public ended in failure. Although Israel expressed willingness to express regret and pay compensation, as the report recommends, the Turks demanded a full apology and the end of the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.