Published: Mon, December 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

United States slams ICC probe into alleged Israeli war crimes

United States slams ICC probe into alleged Israeli war crimes

We will not bow our heads before this outrage.

"We have achieved what we want, and from this day on, the ICC machine will start accepting the cases that we have previously presented", he said. Israel disputes this, citing security needs and biblical, historical and political connections to the land.

"They are trying to turn the fact that Jews live in their homeland into a war crime".

"We strongly oppose this and any other action that unjustly targets Israel".

Earlier in the day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that an ICC investigation would be "scandalous and baseless", claiming that the court has become "a political tool to delegitimize the State of Israel".

The American top diplomat also said that Washington did not believe the Palestinians qualify as a "sovereign state", hence it should not be able to "obtain full membership, or participate as a state in worldwide organizations, entities, or conferences, including the ICC".

The preliminary examination by the ICC was launched in 2015 after the PA signed the Rome Statute and formally accepted the court's jurisdiction over its territory.

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"[The ICC] has no authority to adjudicate the matter".

The difficulty is extremely delicate, with former White Home nationwide safety adviser John Bolton threatening final yr to arrest ICC judges in the event that they moved in opposition to Israel or the US.

The Palestinians welcomed the transfer by the ICC as a "long overdue step" following a virtually five-year preliminary probe by the prosecutor into the scenario for the reason that 2014 struggle in Gaza. "It will not advance the cause of peace, but, instead, undermines the very institutions that are created to promote global peace and security", he said. Private Israeli organizations could potentially defend those prosecuted but the Israeli government would not work with a probe in any formal capacity, they said.

The security cabinet was set to convene later Sunday at the Foreign Ministry for a special meeting on the ICC move, reports said. "It has turned the ICC into a political weapon waging political war against the Jewish state". "The simple truth is that there is no Palestinian state and there never has been such a state", the ministry added. "The path to lasting peace is through direct negotiations", Pompeo tweeted. "The Palestinians keep avoiding negotiations and consistently and systematically violate their commitments, including by this appeal to the Court.", the statement read.

"The Prosecutor has been influenced by Palestinian manipulation, which aims to weaponize the Court".

He did not mention the rest of Bensouda's statement that in addition to the grounds for investigation against Israel, there was a "reasonable basis" that Hamas and terrorist groups committed war crimes by targeting civilians and torturing individuals.

This ICC statement is the latest step in a battle that has been waged for over half a decade.

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