Germany backs Israel at ICC

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Germany on Friday filed a petition with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in which it requested to be "a friend of the court" (amicus curiae) in deliberations that will examine if the court has jurisdiction to rule whether Israel committed “war crimes” against Palestinian Arabs, Haaretz reports.

In its petition, Germany backed Israel's argument that the court's jurisdiction does not extend to Palestinian Authority-assigned areas, as “Palestine” is not a state that fulfills all the criteria under general international law, although it has joined the ICC's Rome Statute.

Germany is one of the main member states of the Hague Tribunal and its position on the issue is expected to play a significant role in the hearings.

"Germany holds the view that only States can become a party to the Rome Statute and does not include 'Palestine' on the list of State Parties published in the Federal Gazette," the petition read.

Palestine does not possess nor did it ever possess the jurisdiction that it would need" to delegate to the Court so it may exercise its jurisdiction,'' it concluded.

The petition also stressed its support for a "negotiated two-state solution and hence the goal of an independent, democratic, sovereign and viable state of Palestine."

It added that determination of territorial boundaries can be achieved only through direct negotiations, and is not the role of the court.

On Thursday, the Czech Republic similarly requested to join the ICC proceedings in favor of Israel.

Hungary and Austria have also sided with Israel, according to Kan News.

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz welcomed Germany’s move on Friday, saying in a statement that he "views positively the fact the important countries, renowned experts and civil-social organizations are expressing a clear stance according to which the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Katz added that the German viewpoint is "responsible, at one with international law and prevents the politization of the court."