Israel estimates that hundreds of its citizens might be subject to war crimes probes by the International Criminal Court , whose jurisdiction it rejects, and is working on how to protect them, the Defence Minister said on Tuesday.
The Hague-based tribunal ruled last month that it has jurisdiction over the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The ruling could lead to criminal investigations of Israel and of Palestinian militant groups including Hamas.Israel is not a member of the court and rejects its jurisdiction, a position backed by its close ally the United States. Palestinians have welcomed the ruling as a chance for justice for victims of Israeli attacks.
In an interview on Israel’s fortified border with Gaza, Gantz, who also holds Israel’s justice portfolio, called the ruling a “negative development” and added: “We have our own teams working in different (places) to try (and) influence (the ICC).”Gantz was the military’s chief of staff during a 2014 war between Israel and militants in Hamas-controlled Gaza. The ICC has pointed to that conflict as a potential issue to be probed.
Asked by Reuters how many Israelis, including himself, might expect to be subject to arrest should the probe lead to criminal investigations, Gantz said: “I guess several hundred, but we will take care of everybody.”Gantz called that “an estimate”, declining to say if Israel had drawn up a list of officials. Israel will provide legal assistance to any implicated Israelis and will give them legal warnings regarding travel if necessary, Gantz said. headtopics.com
Asked if he himself might change his travel plans in light of the ICC probe, Gantz said: “So far, no.”Writing by Rami Ayyub; editing by Jeffrey Heller and Philippa Fletcher Read more: Reuters Top News »
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A bit of a shame that for a people who have a history of war crimes against them during the Holocaust would want to protect one of their own accused of similar crimes! If i am going to be honest with you ,in my own humble opinion without being sentimental of course, without offending anyone who thinks differently from my own point of view,but also by looking into this matter in distinctive perspective ,i would like to say i have nothing to say
I wonder if I would get away with breaking the law if I told them I didn't recognize their legal system. I will say something against the imperialism of the Israeli government, but i am afraid to be called antisemitic They dont want to stop their illegal colonization ? Oh no for what to stop ? US and UE lick their ass despite all ! LOL
Kind of sounds like an admission of guilt. War criminals shielded from any accountability only because of the US bullies disgraceful threats to the ICC? QED. Sounds about right with those lying bastards. I’m a bank robber and I dont recognise the courts either 😂