Criticism also from Germany: Application for an arrest warrant for Netanyahu brings up the USA

Criticism also from Germany
US requests arrest warrant for Netanyahu

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The chief prosecutor of the International Court of Justice simultaneously accuses Hamas and Israel of war crimes. US President Biden is outraged, Secretary of State Blinken attacks the credibility of the investigation. The German Foreign Ministry expressed its disapproval more cautiously.

US President Joe Biden has described the actions of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel as “outrageous”. Israel and the Islamist Hamas should not be treated equally, Biden said. Biden added that Israel will always stand by Israel in the event of threats to the country’s security. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made similar comments. The fact that arrest warrants for high-ranking Israeli officials were requested along with arrest warrants for Hamas terrorists was “shameful.”

“We reject the accusation’s identification of Israel with Hamas,” Blinken said. “Hamas is a brutal terrorist organization that carried out the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and still holds dozens of innocent people hostage, including Americans.” Blinken also made it clear that the US government believes that the court, which is not recognized by the US, does not have jurisdiction in this case. Although Israel is not a member of the ICC, it was willing to cooperate with the prosecution, the US Secretary of State emphasized. But “troubling procedural issues” called into question the legitimacy and credibility of the investigation. Blinken further stated that the chief prosecutor’s actions could even jeopardize ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, had previously requested an arrest warrant for alleged crimes against humanity against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Joav Galant. Arrest warrants were also requested for the leader of the Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip, his deputy and against Hamas’s foreign chief.

The Foreign Office criticizes the incorrect impression of the equation

Germany also criticized the parallel application for an arrest warrant against the Israeli government and the leadership of Hamas, but refrained from fundamentally criticizing the International Criminal Court (ICC). “The simultaneous application for arrest warrants against the Hamas leaders on the one hand and the two Israeli officials on the other gave the false impression of an equation,” the Foreign Office said in the evening.

“The Hamas leaders are responsible for a barbaric massacre in which men, women and children were brutally murdered, raped and kidnapped in Israel on October 7,” the ministry said. In addition, hostages are being held captive, Israel is being attacked with rockets and the population in the Gaza Strip is being used as human shields. The Israeli government has a duty to protect its people from this. “It is clear that international humanitarian law applies with all its obligations,” it continued.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted sharply to the request for an international arrest warrant. “I reject with disgust the comparison made by the prosecutor in The Hague between democratic Israel and the mass murderers of Hamas,” he said in the evening. “With what audacity do you compare Hamas, which murdered, burned, slaughtered, beheaded, raped and kidnapped our brothers and sisters and the soldiers fighting a just war.”

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