Security Cabinet Approves Recommendations of the Ciechanover Team on Evaluating and Implementing Part II of the Turkel Commission Report on Israel's Examination and Investigation Mechanisms
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
The Security Cabinet, today (Sunday, 3 July 2016), adopted the recommendations of the team led by Dr. Yosef Ciechanover on evaluating and implementing Part II of the Report of the Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 21 May 2010 (The Turkel Commission), which reviewed Israel’s mechanisms for examining and investigating complaints and claims of violations of the laws of armed conflict according to international law.
The adoption of the report by the Security Cabinet once again emphasizes the commitment of the State of Israel to democratic values and the rule of law, including international law.
As has been determined previously, the judicial system of the State of Israel, as well as its investigation and examination mechanisms, are among the leading in the world. The Turkel Commission determined that, "the examination and investigation mechanisms in Israel for complaints and claims of violations of the laws of armed conflict generally comply with Israel’s obligations under international law."
Turkel Commission observer Nobel Peace laureate Lord David Trimble noted in this regard that, "taken as a whole, Israeli law and practice will stand comparison with the best in the world."
Additionally, in a report published by senior military experts from Europe, the US, South America and NATO following Operation Protective Edge, it was determined that the investigation mechanisms of the State of Israel are thorough and independent, and that Israel operates in accordance with the highest international norms and, at times, even beyond.
The establishment of the Turkel Commission and the aforesaid team led by Dr. Ciechanover, and today's adoption of the latter's conclusions by the Security Cabinet underscore Israel's determination not merely to continue to act in accordance with these norms but to continue making the investigation and examination mechanisms more efficient. It should be noted that a significant part of the recommendations on the issue have already been implemented in practice.
The Security Cabinet would like to thank all those who were involved in the work: Team head Dr. Yosef Ciechanover and team members Maj.-Gen. Herzl Levy, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Rachel Dolev, Deputy Attorney General Dr. Roi Sheindorf, ISA representatives, Defense Establishment Legal Advisor Ahaz Ben-Ari, former Foreign Ministry Legal Adviser Ehud Keinan, National Security Council Legal Advisor Gil Avriel, former National Security Council Acting Legal Adviser Daniel Geron and team coordinators attorneys Tal Werner Kling and Dr. Galit Rejwan.
The Security Cabinet also thanks previous Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, current Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, previous IDF Advocate General Maj.-Gen. Danny Ephroni, current IDF Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Sharon Afek and the National Security Council.