Turkel Committee Member Shabtai Rosenne Dies at 93

The Israel Prize laureate and top expert in international law will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Jerusalem.

Shabtai Rosenne, a member of the Turkel Committee tasked with investigating Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla in May, died late Tuesday night from cardiac arrest at 93.


Rosenne, a 1960 Israel Prize laureate for jurisprudence and winner, was one of Israel's foremost experts in international and marine law. As a diplomat, he served as the deputy head of the Israeli mission to the United Nations.

Rosenne was born in England in 1917 and served in the Royal Air Force in WWII. He studied and taught naval law in England before joining the foreign service of the newly established State of Israel. Later Rosenne was a moving force behind Israel's struggles in the area of maritime law, particularly with respect to the Straits of Tiran and the Suez Canal.

It was Rosenne who was sent to Argentina 50 years ago to handle the legal imbroglio that erupted following the kidnapping of a citizen named Adolf Eichmann.

Sources in the Prime Minister office reported that Netanyahu expressed deep regret on Rosenne's passing. Rosenne's funeral will take place on Wednesday morning at 10:30 A.M. in Jerusalem.

Emil Salman