PMO Officially Announces Internal Gaza Flotilla Raid Investigation Panel

Commission of inquiry to include two foreign observers 'world renowned in legal, military and human rights fields.'

Israel will set up its own, public independent investigation into the events surrounding its raid last month on a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced on Sunday.

Israel Navy forces approaching the Mavi Marmara bound for Gaza, May 31, 2010.

Israel had rejected a United Nations proposal for an international panel to investigate the deadly May 31 interception of the flotilla, but it agreed to include two foreign observers in its own inquiry.

The observers will be Irish Nobel Prize laureate David Trimble, and Canada's former Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces Ken Watkin.

According to the Prime Minister's Bureau announcement, the members of the commission of inquiry, to be headed by former Supreme Court justice Yaakov Tirkel, will be international law professor Shabtay Rosen, Israel Prize laureate and former Technion president Amos Horev.

In the official announcement, the Prime Minister's Bureau said that "in light of the unique international aspects of the event, it was decided to enlist two foreign observers who are world renowned in the legal, military and human rights fields." The observers will take part in the commission's hearings and meetings.

The final decision on the internal probe will be voted on by the government on Monday, Netanyahu's office said in a statement.