The Palestinian Authority has officially joined the International Criminal Court as of April 1, opening the possibility that Israeli politicians and military leaders could face war crimes charges in the future.
The Daily Telegraph asks what this could mean for Israel and the PA:
The Palestinians intend to formally lodge two cases with the court on or after April 1, 2015. One case will deal with Israel’s settlement construction, which is illegal under international law. The second case will investigate Israel’s conduct in the recent Gaza conflict.
In addition, the Palestinians have already lodged an ad hoc investigation with the court, also on the 2014 Gaza conflict. The decision whether or not to take up the full investigation rests with the ICC prosecutor General Fatou Bensouda, but she is obliged to at least open a preliminary examination, which was done in January 2015.
Israel, like the US, is not a state party to the ICC’s Rome Statute, but its citizens could be tried on accusations of crimes on Palestinian land. No bets are being taken on Palestinians being tried on accusations of crimes on Israeli land. For the unwise monkeys that make up the panel of ICC judges, this will no doubt be a case of hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil.