Israel reacted furiously to the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch an inquiry into possible war crimes, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slamming the decision as “absurd” and Jerusalem calling on leading Western powers to tell the ICC it should not hear the case.
“Israel rejects the absurd decision of the ICC prosecutor,” he said. “It’s absurd for the ICC to ignore international law and agreements, under which the Palestinians don’t have a state and can only get one through direct negotiations with Israel.”
The rules of the ICC are clear, Netanyahu said: “No state, no standing, no case.”
Netanyahu said the “ultimate folly” of the ICC decision “is that the democracy of Israel, a world leader in fighting terrorism, is to be hauled to the dock in The Hague, while the terrorist war criminals of Hamas are the ones who are going to be pressing the charges. I won’t be surprised if ISIS [Islamic State], al-Qaida, and Hezbollah follow suit. See, Hamas has already announced that they will join their Palestinian partner, President Abbas, in filing complaints against Israel as a result of this decision.”
I think Bibi misunderstands the true meaning of the words ‘International Criminal Court’. It means exactly what it says on the tin — a court run by international criminals. Financed by Qatar, no doubt. Conspiracy theorist, moi?