Israeli Cabinet Warns of Secret Arrest Warrants

12 Jan
8:45 PM

Members of the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet are said to be “profoundly concerned” that the International Criminal Court (ICC) may issue secret arrest warrants for Israeli officials it considers suspects, as it will launch a war crimes investigation against Israel within the next 90 days.

Last month, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that her office “has concluded with the determination that all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation have been met.”

As Israel is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that lends the ICC its power, Israelis claim Bensouda has no jurisdiction over the matter. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority joined the Rome Statute in 2015.

IF the ICC does issue such warrants, high-ranking Israeli officials and army officers may be arrested upon traveling abroad and extradited to The HagueInternational Criminal Court Prepares to Try Israelis over War Crimes, PNN reports.

Opionion/Analysis 01/11/19 International Criminal Court Prepares to Try Israelis over War Crimes

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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (chris@imemc.org)

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