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Israel Again Falsely Targeted In ICC Accusations

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The ICJ comprises a panel of 15 judges elected by the General Assembly and Security Council for nine-year terms. When the ICC was created two decades ago it was already clear that Israel would be a primary target. Such has repeatedly been the case since then. Most recently, this month Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, said she is prepared to begin an investigation into so-called Israeli "war crimes" during the 2014 Gaza war during which Israel was accused of using disproportionate force and willfully killing and injuring civilians. She also alleges that the IDF committed war crimes against Gazans violently attempting to breach the border into Israel in 2018 and 2019, as well as crimes in the disputed territories of Judea & Samaria. In an investigation into the 2014 Gaza war by a body of retired generals from Western armed forces and human rights experts, the group unanimously concluded that: "The IDF not only met its obligations under the Law of Armed Conflict but often exceeded these on the battlefield." Gen. Martin Dempsey, at the time Chairman of the USA Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: "Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties. My first-hand observations during the Hamas-instigated Gaza border violence in 2018-19 echo these assessments."

The probe into the so-called "war crimes" instigated by the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been deemed by high-profile legal and political sources as just the latest evidence that the PA would rather seek to wage legal war against Israel than to negotiate with it. The PA has rejected Israeli peace offers that would have given it statehood over nearly all of Judea & Samaria, Gaza and a share of Jerusalem. It refused because doing so would require it to give up the hope of eliminating the State of Israel altogether. The PA wants to delegitimize Israel in the international courts because it is incapable of living in peace with a Jewish state, no matter where its borders are drawn. Israel has tried to persuade ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that the tribunal has no authority to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since Israel is not a signatory to the Court's Rome Treaty and the Palestinians are not a state. Israel correctly argued that it has a strong and independent judiciary investigating every incident, and does not hesitate to prosecute and frequently convict whenever there is even the shadow of a violation of the law. As such, the ICC has no authority to act as a super-review court for the Israeli justice system. Sadly all of Israel’s defensive arguments at the ICC seem to have fallen on deaf ears. (VFI News)

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