Israel fails to decide on response to ICC with 2 days to deadline


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Israel fails to decide on response to ICC with 2 days to deadline
They plan to hold a further meeting before the April 9 deadline.
APRIL 7, 2021

A meeting of senior government echelons on how to react to the International Criminal Court’s announced intention to probe alleged Israeli war crimes, ended inconclusively on Wednesday, two days before the deadline to respond. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, their ministries, the Justice Ministry and the IDF presented their recommendations. The meeting was the first since the ICC sent an official letter last month notifying Israel of its planned investigation. A further government meeting is planned before the April 9 ICC deadline on Friday.

Israel is not a member of the ICC, and has a policy of not cooperating with it. However, the Palestinian Authority is a party to the Rome Statute establishing the court, and the ICC recognizes it as a member state; the PA submitted the complaint against Israel which led to the investigation. Israeli officials have called the investigation illegitimate, focusing on the argument that the court does not have jurisdiction because Israel has its own independent judiciary capable of trying soldiers who commit war crimes. They have also argued that the Palestinian Authority is not a state and therefore cannot legally be a member of the court.