According to Agence France-Presse, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office announced that Israel will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court as part of an investigation into suspected war crimes in the Palestinian territories.
>>Israeli media: Israel will not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court
The text reads: “Israel has decided not to cooperate with the International Criminal Court.” The assessment stated that the International Criminal Court does not have the legitimacy to conduct investigations against Israel.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda conducted an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories in early March. Israel rejected the initiative and the Palestinians welcomed it.
Israel is not a member of the ICC, the Palestinian Authority is.
Under the ICC system, a country can try to prove that it has initiated a criminal investigation according to its own will, so it can request the ICC to transfer the investigation to it.
On March 19, the court gave Israel and Palestine a month to postpone the investigation.
The statement said: “Prime Minister Netanyahu said that when Israeli soldiers were fighting terrorists who committed war crimes, the Hague court had decided to condemn Israel.”
The statement said that Netanyahu held several meetings with senior security and political officials to determine Israel’s response to the beginning of the investigation.
The investigation should involve a major Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip controlled by the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas. The purpose of the attack on Israel was to stop Palestinian rocket attacks and destroy the tunnels in the Palestinian enclaves. Since 2006, the enclave has been blocked by Israel.
The war killed about 2,250 Palestinians, most of them civilians, while on the Israeli side 74 people died, most of them soldiers.
Netanyahu responded after the investigation began, saying that the decision made by the International Criminal Court “is the core of anti-Semitism and hypocrisy.” He added that his country will take “all measures to minimize the fight against terrorism.” Civilian losses caused by
The Prime Minister of Israel added in a statement: “Establish an institution to defend human rights to protect those who violate human rights.”
The International Criminal Court is the world’s only permanent war crimes court. It was established in 2002 to try the world’s most serious crimes when local courts are unwilling or unable to take action.