ICC considering issuing arrest warrant for Netanyahu, ministers: Report


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is feared a possible arrest from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

An Israeli government source told The Times of Israel on Sunday that Israel is making a concerted effort to head off feared plans by the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials.

The National Security Council is leading the campaign, according to the source.

The Foreign Ministry is also involved. “We are operating where we can,” said an Israeli diplomat.

The Israeli government has received indications from senior legal officials that the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor is considering issuing arrest warrants for Israeli officials, including PM Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 12, According to Aljazeera.

The ICC is currently investigating Israel’s actions in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

In addition to Netanyahu, these investigations could lead to arrest warrants being issued for Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi.

The Israeli newspaper Maariv also reported that Netanyahu is “frightened and unusually stressed” by the possibility of an ICC arrest warrant.

On Friday, Netanyahu posted on X that under his leadership, “Israel will never accept any attempt by the ICC to undermine its inherent right of self-defense”.

The ICC case is separate from several ongoing cases against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), including one brought by South Africa that alleges that Israel is committing the crime of genocide in its continuing war on Gaza.

The ICJ was created to resolve conflicts between states; the ICC prosecutes individuals for crimes.

 

Source: Aljazeera


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