Israel spurned yesterday a proposal by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an international investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and said it had the right to launch its own inquiry.

 

“We are rejecting an international commission. We are discussing with the Obama administration a way in which our inquiry will take place,” Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

 

The U.N. chief had suggested establishing a panel that would be headed by former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer and include representatives from Turkey, Israel and the United States, an Israeli official said earlier in Jerusalem.

 

Netanyahu discussed the proposal for a multinational panel with Ban in a telephone call on Saturday but told cabinet ministers from his right-wing Likud party yesterday that Israel was exploring other options, political sources said.