ICC Arrest Warrant: Will not bow down, amid fear of arrest warrant, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly appeals to the International Criminal Court

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Israeli officials said they believe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be named in the warrant. However, they were uncertain about who would actually be charged by Hamas and what crimes would be mentioned in their arrest warrants.

Israeli and foreign officials said Tel Aviv is concerned by reports that the International Criminal Court is preparing to issue arrest warrants against its top leadership. Speaking to The New York Times, officials said they believed the ICC was also considering arrest warrants against Hamas leaders. However, officials noted that the international court could potentially be accused of blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and responding “extremely harshly” to the October 7 attacks by Hamas in southern Israel.

PM Netanyahu on radar

Israeli officials said they believe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be named in the warrant. However, they were uncertain about who would actually be charged by Hamas and what crimes would be mentioned in their arrest warrants. Although officials warned about the matter, they did not disclose the nature of the information that caused them concern. The ICC also did not comment on the ongoing reports. It is important to note that any arrest will require approval from a panel of judges and will not necessarily result in a prosecution or even the immediate arrest of the target.

How is Israel dealing with this?

Amid reports of arrest warrants, Tel Aviv is making concerted efforts to thwart ICC’s suspected plans. Speaking to The Times of Israel, an Israeli official revealed that the country’s National Security Council is leading the operation in this regard. The diplomat said that we are working where we can. He said that Israel’s Foreign Ministry is also involved in this effort. Netanyahu’s office has not commented on the matter. The Israeli Prime Minister issued a message to the ICC on X making it clear that under my leadership Israel will never accept any attempt by the ICC to undermine its inherent right to self-defense. The threat to seize soldiers and officers of the Middle East’s only democracy and the world’s only Jewish state is outrageous. We will not bow down to this.

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