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Israel is concerned ICC could issue arrest warrants against Netanyahu, senior officials: report

Author: Editors Desk, Greg Norman Source: Fox News:
April 29, 2024 at 09:59
Israel has the right to defend itself, wrong for US to put any pressure: Sen. Mullin
Israel has the right to defend itself, wrong for US to put any pressure: Sen. Mullin

Netanyahu has vowed that the ‘ICC will not affect Israel’s actions’

Israeli officials are growing concerned that the International Criminal Court could soon issue arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials over charges related to the war in Gaza, reports say. 

The court may accuse the senior government figures of pursuing an excessively harsh military response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the New York Times is reporting, citing Israeli and foreign officials.  

The newspaper reports that any warrants issued by the ICC would "probably be seen in much of the world as a humbling moral rebuke" and cited an official as saying that the possibility of them has factored into Israeli decision-making in recent weeks.

Such warrants could pose travel obstacles for the Israeli officials and they may be issued against Hamas leaders as well, according to the New York Times. 


Netanyahu meets with war cabinet
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending a meeting of wartime cabinet at Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 14.  (Xinhua via Getty Images)


The developments come after Israel Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Sunday that "We expect the court to refrain from issuing arrest warrants against senior Israeli political and security officials," Reuters reports. 

"We will not bow our heads or be deterred and will continue to fight," Katz reportedly added, warning Israeli embassies to step up security over the risk of a "wave of severe antisemitism." 

On Friday, Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on X that "While the ICC will not affect Israel’s actions, it would set a dangerous precedent that threatens the soldiers and officials of all democracies fighting savage terrorism and wanton aggression." 



Israeli tank near Gaza
Israeli soldiers move on the top of a tank near the Israeli-Gaza border, as seen from southern Israel, on Thursday, April 25. (AP/Leo Correa)


"Under my leadership, Israel will never accept any attempt by the ICC to undermine its inherent right of self-defense," he added. "The threat to seize the soldiers and officials of the Middle East’s only democracy and the world’s only Jewish state is outrageous. We will not bow to it." 

ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan said in October that the court has jurisdiction over potential war crimes that are committed in the Gaza Strip, according to Reuters.  

The news agency reports Israel is not a member of the court and does not recognize its jurisdiction, but the Palestinian territories were admitted with member status in 2015. 


Netanyahu speaks out against anti-Israel protests in US
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said "Israel will never accept any attempt by the ICC to undermine its inherent right of self-defense." (Office of Israel's Prime Minister)


The ICC says on its website that it "investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression." 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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