Here in Jerusalem we are outraged by the preliminary investigations into alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza by the International Criminal Court in The Hague (pictured). Israel finds it impossible to take seriously the insistence of Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that the proceedings will be fair and impartial.
This is merely another example of the West’s double standards. What is permissible in and for the Western world when it comes to self defense is prohibited for the Jewish State of Israel.
“We will not ask permission to defend ourselves,” stressed ex-Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Israel Radio. “Thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. Terror tunnels were dug under kindergartens. And what does the International Criminal Court do? It decides to investigate Israel!”
An incensed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that this decision was taken “just days after the terrorist attacks in Paris. That is absurd! Four Jews were murdered, and the court challenges the Jewish State of Israel. Even Hamas suggested it will file suit against Israel. I would not be surprised if Hezbollah did the same, and then ISIS and Al Qaeda. All will come to accuse us before the International Criminal Court.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has advised not cooperating with the tribunal, as it will certainly operate from an anti-Israel bias. “We will ensure that this tribunal is dissolved, as this institution represents nothing but hypocrisy and support for terrorism,” said Lieberman.
The foreign minister noted that “around 200,000 have died in the Syrian civil war, and the International Criminal Court has done nothing there or in other Arab countries. Instead, the court focuses its attention on the only moral army in the region.”
In confidential talks with Israel Today, many politicians and experts in Jerusalem have expressed strong criticism of the International Criminal Court’s European member states. Many are of the opinion that the European states, which largely fund the court, are trying to pacify the burgeoning radical Islam in their midst. Others insist that Europe “is anti-Semitic and will always be anti-Semitic.”
The International Criminal Court in The Hague was founded in 2002 and counts 122 member states. Israel and the United States of America are not among them. The court’s annual funding, as noted, is largely covered by its European members, nations that are largely critical of Israel.
Nevertheless, Israel has called on its European allies to halt funding for the court, pointing out that it has become a political institution. To date, the International Criminal Court has initiated proceedings against only African countries, 36 in total.