As a member of the family of nations, the State of Israel is committed to upholding the provisions of international law.
Following the operation carried out by the State of Israel on May 31, 2010, to enforce the naval blockade imposed on the coast of the Gaza Strip, claims were raised as to whether the actions taken complied with international law. It was therefore proposed that an independent public commission of inquiry should be established to examine the international law aspects of the operation.
The State of Israel has an orderly and structured mechanism for examining claims regarding violations of the laws of armed conflict.
In view of claims that were raised as to whether the aforesaid mechanism complies with the provisions of international law, it was proposed that the commission should examine the question whether this mechanism upholds the State of Israel's obligations pursuant to the rules of international law.
(From the explanatory notes to the Government's resolution establishing the Commission).
In view of the special international aspects of the questions examined by the Commission, two foreign experts were appointed to serve as observers and to take an active role in all of the Commission's work.
The Public Commission To Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010