Israel is trying to block the arrest warrants against the PM

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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, an Israeli government source told The Times of Israel on Sunday.
Amid the reports, Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Sunday that Israel “expects the court to refrain” from issuing arrest warrants.
Netanyahu said on Friday that any decisions by the ICC would not affect Israel’s actions, but would set a dangerous precedent.
One of Israel’s leading television news outlets, Channel 12, reported last week that Israel was increasingly worried by the possibility that the ICC would issue arrest warrants.
Khan, the ICC prosecutor, said in October that the court had jurisdiction over any potential war crimes carried out by Hamas terrorists in Israel and by Israelis in the Gaza Strip.
With 124 permanent members, the ICC can prosecute individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression.
The investigation at the ICC is separate from the genocide case launched against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) also based in The Hague.
The ICJ, also known as the World Court, is a UN court that deals with disputes between states, while the ICC is a treaty-based criminal court focusing on individual criminal responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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An Israeli government source told The Times of Israel on Sunday that Israel is working hard to thwart fears that the International Criminal Court will issue arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials.

The source claims that the campaign is being spearheaded by the National Security Council.

Additionally involved is the Foreign Ministry. An Israeli diplomat stated, “We are operating where we can.”.

The first source stated that Israel “deliberately starved Palestinians in Gaza” will be the main subject of the ICC’s much-feared accusations. “.

In a rare briefing for foreign reporters on Shabbat, Israel Defense Forces international spokesman Nadav Shoshani emphasized Israel’s efforts to counter the ICC campaign by stating that Israel supports the temporary humanitarian pier off Gaza.

According to earlier reports from Hebrew-language media, the official verified that the US was involved in a final diplomatic attempt to stop the ICC from proceeding.

Commentator Ben Caspit of the Walla news site claimed that Netanyahu was “under unusual stress” due to the possibility that he and other Israelis would be the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the United Nations tribunal in The Hague, which would significantly damage Israel’s standing abroad.

According to Caspit, Netanyahu was spearheading a “nonstop push over the telephone” to avert an arrest warrant, with a particular focus on US President Joe Biden’s administration.

It was revealed by Haaretz analyst Amos Harel that the Israeli government was operating under the presumption that Karim Khan, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, might this week issue arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi.

Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, stated on Sunday that his country “expects the court to refrain” from issuing arrest warrants in the wake of the reports.

Katz issued a statement saying, “There is nothing more twisted than trying to stop Israel from defending itself against a murderous enemy that openly calls for the destruction of Israel.”. If the orders are carried out, they will hurt IDF commanders and soldiers and strengthen the extremist Islamic axis headed by Iran and Hamas, which we are currently fighting. “.

Katz emphasized that Israel follows “all the laws of war” and gave Israel’s diplomatic missions worldwide instructions to brace for a serious uptick in antisemitic remarks in the event that the ICC issues arrest warrants.

Although the Palestinian territories were admitted as a member state in 2015, Israel does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction and is not a member of the The Hague-based organization.

Speaking on Friday, Netanyahu stated that while the ICC’s rulings would create a risky precedent, they would not impact Israel’s existing course of action.

“Under my direction, Israel will not tolerate any endeavor by the International Criminal Court in The Hague to compromise its fundamental right to self-defense,” Netanyahu declared via Telegram.

“The Hague court’s decisions will set a dangerous precedent that threatens soldiers and public figures, but they will not affect Israel’s actions,” the speaker stated.

According to a report last week from Channel 12, one of Israel’s top television news sources, Israel was growing more and more concerned that the ICC might issue arrest warrants. According to the report, there was a “emergency discussion” about the matter at the Prime Minister’s Office. When asked about the television report or its specifics, a government spokesman did not answer.

In October, Khan, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), declared that the court was empowered to consider any possible war crimes committed by Israelis in the Gaza Strip and by Hamas terrorists in Israel.

Khan has declared that his team is looking into any crimes that are said to have been committed in Gaza and that those who break the law will be held responsible.

Around 1,200 people, primarily civilians, were killed and 253 were taken hostage in an attack launched by Hamas on Israeli military bases and communities on October 7, according to Israeli tallies.

Over 34,000 Palestinians are said to have died at the hands of Israel in the war, according to the Gaza health ministry run by Hamas. This figure is thought to include both civilian deaths and terrorist deaths by Hamas, some of which are the result of the terror group’s own rocket misfires. However, it cannot be independently verified.

Almost 13,000 terrorists have been killed in Gaza, according to the IDF, on top of the roughly 1,000 people that were slain inside Israel on October 7 and the days that followed.

Since beginning the ground invasion in late October, the IDF has also lost 261 soldiers, bringing the total number of soldiers killed since October 7 to 604.

This is the seventh month of the war, which has resulted in a humanitarian crisis and the displacement of the majority of the 23 million people living in the blockaded Palestinian territory.

In addition to war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and aggression, the ICC has 124 permanent members.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is also situated in The Hague, has opened a genocide case against Israel; the ICC investigation is unrelated to this case.

While the ICC is a treaty-based criminal court that focuses on individual criminal responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, the ICJ, also known as the World Court, is a UN court that handles disputes between states.

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