Netanyahu Condemns ICC Over 'Absurd Charges'

Prime Minister Netanyahu denounces ICC's actions, pledging relentless fight against Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) after it issued controversial arrest warrants for him and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The warrants, alleging war crimes in Gaza, come amidst Israel's ongoing conflict with the Hamas terrorist organization.

Netanyahu condemned the ICC's actions, stating:

  • Israel is not a signatory of the Rome Statute and is thus not bound by ICC rulings.

  • The ICC's prosecutor, Karim Khan, has equated Israeli leaders with Hamas terrorists, a comparison Netanyahu deems morally reprehensible.

  • Hamas has significantly inflated civilian death tolls in Gaza, leading the UN to halve its casualty estimates.

In a video statement, Netanyahu called the charges a "moral outrage of historic proportions" and defended Israel's actions as a just war against a genocidal organization. He underscored the atrocities committed by Hamas, including the massacre of 1,200 Jews, rapes, and hostage-taking.

Netanyahu asserted that the ICC's actions would not deter Israel:

  • "Eighty years ago, the Jewish people were defenseless. Those days are over."

  • Israel will continue its campaign "in full compliance with international law," striving to prevent civilian casualties.

  • The ICC's decision undermines democracies' right to defend themselves and fuels global antisemitism.

Netanyahu concluded by vowing that the ICC's attempt to interfere would fail, reaffirming Israel's commitment to defeating Hamas and protecting its citizens.

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