Politicians criticize ICC for pursuing arrest warrants

by ian

Yesterday, the International Criminal Court decided to seek arrest warrants for Hamas officials and Israeli political leaders – including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That decision was met with extreme backlash from both Israeli and American voices.

For context, the chief prosecutor of the ICC said Netanyahu and his defense chief “bear criminal responsibility” for alleged war crimes in Gaza. He also laid out a list of crimes against Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar.

But the likening between Israel and Hamas concerning war crimes has many up in arms, including the Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu said this was akin to more modern forms of antisemitism.

American political figures also had quite a bit to say on the subject. President Joe Biden remarked that there “is no equivalence” between Hamas and Israel when it comes to the rules of war.

The announcement from the ICC was also rejected by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to a press briefing yesterday.

Robert Greenway, who served on the National Security Council under President Donald Trump, told “Just the News, no Noise” that the United States government should impose restrictions on the court for its “political” place in world government.

This may be taken up soon by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who indicated that he may seek to bring a vote on sanctioning the ICC in the near future.

It is worth noting that the ICC – while an influential worldwide political body – cannot enforce these arrest warrants on its own.

Member nations are expected to follow through on such requests, but not every nation recognizes the court’s jurisdiction including both the U.S. and Israel. The list of adherents to the court does, however, include the “State of Palestine,” despite there being no official borders to define the nation.