Israel and the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Interesting discussions and implications around international law, war crimes, human rights, jurisdiction of international bodies (ICC), sovereignty, among others.


Israel originally supported the establishment of the international court in 2002, but it did not ratify the Rome Statute, in part out of fear of ending up on trial over the issue of settlements.

As a nonmember, it cannot appeal Friday’s ruling. But Israel’s attorney general has argued all along that only a sovereign state can delegate authority to the I.C.C., and that the areas in question were not a Palestinian sovereign state.


Response by Benjamin Netanyahu


Lastly, a pretty great discussion (10 minutes) regarding the issue of the ICC’s decision. The discussion gets to the heart of the nature of the ICC and why the issue is controversial.

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