Israel does not intend to cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council's probe into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla at the end of May. During the attak, nine Turkush activists were killed. According to a senior Israeli official, cited on Sunday, cooperating with the investigative committee would only confer legitimacy upon the UNHRC, which "has consistently acted against Israel."
"This is an unnecessary committee," the official said, "which is the product of an obsession with Israel."
The decision not to cooperate with the UN committee has not been declared officially, but is expected to be made this week. It is believed it will be accompanied, however, by a decision to cooperate with a separate flotilla committee acting on behalf UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The secretary general's team is inclined to examine the conclusions of Israel's Turkel Committee as well as the results of a Turkish investigation into the flotilla raid.