The panel established by the UN Secretary General to investigate the flotilla incident clearly ruled that the maritime blockade to prevent weapons reaching the terrorists in Gaza is legitimate self defense.

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Following is a statement by the Prime Minister’s Spokesman Mark Regev:

Israel’s democratic process includes institutional mechanisms for independent oversight and we thank the State Comptroller for his work.

We reiterate that the panel established by the UN Secretary General to investigate the flotilla incident clearly ruled that the maritime blockade to prevent weapons reaching the terrorists in Gaza is legitimate self defense and that Israel’s decision to intercept the flotilla was indeed legal under international law. Ultimately, weapons that reach Hamas in Gaza end up being used against Israeli civilians.