The other day, Shalev, wrote to Ban: "Israel reserves the right under international law to prevent this ship from violating the existing naval blockade on the Gaza Strip." Supposing the blockade is permissible under international law, she makes a valid point. However, international law does not permit encroachment on a foreign vessel in international waters. It is really as simple as that, for those who know no different or are confused. Arguments against that basic fact are simply moot. And one should not believe those who say that the perimeters of a blockade can be legally altered immediately at the discretion of the blockade enforcing country. An important question has arisen subsequent to the flotilla raid: Should there be an international investigation, as opposed to an internal investigation? The Turkish Foreign Minister answered this question perfectly, during his recent meeting with William Hague: There must be an international investigation because "the accused cannot be prosecutor and judge at the same time". If indeed the prosecution in a case can also be its judge, the fact still remains that the whole world has no confidence in the credibility of the state that perpetrated this serious yet deliberate mistake, which continues to bring into question not the greatness of its military, but the soundness of its rationale.
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