Netanyahu: The ICC became a weapon in the political war against the State of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting said that the International Criminal Court in The Hague became a weapon in the political war against the State of Israel.
The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said on Friday she will launch a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the ‘Palestinian Territories’.
“The prosecutor’s decision against Israel is absurd on three counts. The first absurdity is that the prosecutor’s decision completely contradicts the founding principle of the court itself.
The ICC was established after the horrors of World War II, mainly the horrors that were inflicted on our people, and it was designed to deal with problems that states would raise regarding war crimes, such as genocide or large-scale deportations.
It was designed to do so for states that did not have true judicial systems in law, which are present – of course – in the western world.
They took a Palestinian claim, who do not have a state, and accused the only democracy in the Middle East, which operates in accordance with the highest legal standards of the western democracies, which the court has no jurisdiction over. This is the first absurdity.
The second absurdity is that the prosecutor’s decision contradicts historical truth. It opposes the right of the Jews to settle in the Jews’ homeland. To turn the fact that Jews are living in their land into a war crime is an absurdity of unimaginable proportions.
The third absurdity is that the prosecutor’s decision contradicts contemporary truth. Who are they bringing here? Who are they accusing here? Iran? Turkey? Syria? No – Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. This is terrible hypocrisy
We will continue to fight against these three absurdities. We will continue to shatter them. We will struggle for our rights and for our historical truth with all the tools at our disposal.
From the depth of our heart, we thank US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he and President Trump’s administration are struggling against these distortions, this injustice and this mendacity on a daily basis. We will continue to struggle against this always”.
In addition, Netanyahu spoke about a new Israeli-Arab alliance in the Middle East:
“This is the direct result of our policy, which has turned Israel into a rising power in the region and the world,” PM Netanyahu said.