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IOF calls Europe to pause International Criminal Court Decision

IOF calls  Europe to pause International Criminal Court Decision

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The Israeli occupation government demanded assistance from European countries to thwart the implementation of Fatou Bensouda's decision to open an investigation into her commission of war crimes in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, according to the Israeli Kan channel.


Senior Israeli officials are reportedly in intense communication with European governments, according to the channel, to persuade them to help prevent the launch of investigations.


The channel noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, War, and Justice, Gabi Ashkenazi and Benny Gantz, respectively, had approached European officials to persuade them to exert pressure on the international tribunal, arguing that the decision to open a war crimes investigation was "political in nature."

"There is no objective reason that supports the court's decision," Israeli officials said, adding that "Israel has a judicial establishment that is competent to conduct the required investigations into any allegations of crimes."


It reported that the Occupation Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently holding for more in discussions about the measures that must be continued in order to delay or cancel the court's decision.


"What raises the most questions in Israel," it said, "is the risk that the court will issue decisions demanding the detention of Israeli officials accused of acting in war crimes."


Tel Aviv is depending on the part of the newly elected Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the British Karim Khan, who will succeed Bensouda after 5 months, in the "grave" of the investigation file, according to the newspaper "Yediot Aharonot."


The investigation decision involves allegations that Israel committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war, as well as through the establishment of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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