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By law, a commission of inquiry is supposed to examine "a matter of vital public importance at the time that requires clarification." But several commissions have fallen far short of this standard.

Perhaps the most bizarre commission was the on e that then prime minister Menachem Begin established in 1982 on the murder of Chaim Arlosoroff - which took place in 1933. Another low point was the Knesset State Control Committee's decision a few weeks ago to establish a state commission of inquiry on government aid to Holocaust victims, just as the government, for the first time in Israel's history, was granting these victims substantial assistance.