http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/ulster-politics-and-the-flotilla-inquiry/ Ireland, Ulster and the Flotilla Inquiry Israelâs cabinet on Monday unanimously approved a government-appointed commission with foreign participation to investigate the circumstances surrounding its deadly commando raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza in late May.â Reuters explains that the two foreign observers â Lord David Trimble, a Nobel Peace laureate from Northern Ireland, and Brig. Gen. Ken Watkin, a former judge advocate general of the Canadian Forces â were added in response to âinternational demands for impartiality.â The selection of Mr. Trimble, a former leader of Northern Irelandâs Ulster Unionist party, was described as unfortunate by his political opponents at home. The Unionists fought for decades to keep in place the partition dividing the island of Ireland into two parts, each with a different ethnic nationalist majority Caral Ni Chuilin, a representative of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, told the BBC: I have to question the intention of the Israeli government in appointing David Trimble on the panel. Many will question just how serious or impartial an investigation Israel has initiated when at this early stage they send a very clear message to the world that only those supportive of Israel will be in a position to investigate what was a criminal act of international piracy. In 2002, the flag of Israel flew above a Protestant area of Belfast, alongside symbols of Ulster, the United Kingdom and the Ulster Defence Association, a paramilitary group.