The International Criminal Court, in conjunction with Israel’s detractors in the Muslim world, have been trying mighty hard to pin a charge of war crimes on the Jewish state over its 2010 interception of a flotilla attempting to break what was ruled to be a legal naval blockade of the terrorist-ruled Gaza Strip.
But on Monday, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda determined for the third time now that while the Israeli commandoes who stormed the flotilla’s flag ship, Mavi Marmara, might have committed minor crimes, there is “no reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation” because the entire incident lacks the gravity to merit prosecution at the ICC, which generally deals with matters of genocide or mass war crimes.
Joining Israel’s Muslim detractors in repeatedly opposing Bensouda’s decision have been many of the judges on the ICC panel. Despite the fact that, as Bensouda notes, this was a relatively minor incident, and one in which the alleged “victims” were far from innocent, some of those judges appear to be chomping at the bit over the opportunity to rule against the Jewish state.
For now, they won’t get that chance. Bensouda on Monday once again stood her ground, telling the court that “the preliminary examination of this situation must be closed. There remains no reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation, since there is no reasonable basis to conclude that any potential case arising from the situation would be of sufficient gravity to be admissible before the Court.”
It is believed to be unlikely that the ICC will demand of Bensouda to examine the case for a fourth time, as that would begin to look silly, as well as further expose the international community’s lust for punishing Israel over alleged crimes that pale in comparison to what’s happening in many other countries.