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Mon 20 May 2024 9:28 pm - Jerusalem Time

Washington rejects the announcement of the Prosecutor of ICC and accuses him of bias against Israel

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said on Monday that the United States fundamentally rejects today's announcement by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court that he is submitting a request to issue arrest warrants against senior Israeli officials, in addition to arrest warrants against Hamas terrorists.


Miller said in his statement to reporters: “We reject the comparison of the Attorney General of Israel to Hamas. It is shameful. Hamas is a brutal terrorist organization that committed the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and is still holding dozens of innocent people hostage, including Americans.”


He added, "Furthermore, the United States has been clear long before the current conflict that the ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter. The ICC was established by its states parties as a court with limited jurisdiction. These limits are rooted in the principles of complementarity." , which does not appear to have been applied here amid the Prosecutor's rush to seek these arrest warrants rather than allowing the Israeli legal system a full and timely opportunity to proceed. In other cases, the Prosecutor referred to national investigations and worked with states to allow them time to conduct the investigation The Attorney General gives the same opportunity to Israel, which is conducting ongoing investigations into the allegations against its employees.”


Miller stressed that there are also practical questions that are “deeply concerning,” and that despite not being a member of the court, Israel is prepared to cooperate with the Prosecutor. In fact, the Prosecutor himself was scheduled to visit Israel early next week to discuss the investigation. And listen to the Israeli government. The Attorney General's team was supposed to arrive in Israel today to coordinate the visit, and Israel was informed that they did not board the plane at the same time that the Attorney General appeared on cable television to announce the charges. These and other circumstances call into question the legitimacy and the credibility of this investigation.”


Miller said in his response to the question of the Al-Quds.com correspondent, to clarify what he meant by this decision disrupting ceasefire attempts in Gaza: “Basically, this decision does not help, and could even jeopardize, the ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement from "It would remove hostages and increase humanitarian aid, goals that the United States continues to pursue relentlessly." Upon follow-up by Al-Quds.com’s correspondent, Miller said: “The Hamas movement will be strengthened by this decision, which will make it more stubborn and less flexible to remove the hostages and accept a ceasefire.”


When Miller was asked about where the Palestinians should go to achieve their rights, the spokesman replied, “Israel has a solid judicial and legal system that the Palestinians can rely on.”


Miller said in his response to the question of Al-Quds.com correspondent about whether the American administration would accept the condemnation of Hamas and its officials if the condemnation was directed only at Hamas, “neither Israel nor Hamas accept the court’s decision, but Hamas is a guilty terrorist movement.”

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