• May 23, 2024

International Criminal Court officials: US green-lighted arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu

 International Criminal Court officials: US green-lighted arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu



Has any nation ever betrayed a longtime friend and ally this cravenly and comprehensively?

“The fear of arrest warrants for Israeli officials: ‘It would not have been possible without a “green light” from the US,’” translated from “החשש מצווי מעצר לבכירים ישראלים: “לא היה מתאפשר בלי ‘אור ירוק’ מארה”ב” by Amit Segal, Mako, April 24, 2024:

Very senior officials associated with the International Criminal Court in The Hague have spoken about Israel’s fear of arrest warrants for senior officials in the context of the war in Gaza. The officials told N12 that the intention to issue such orders would not have been possible without American consent.

According to them, the chief prosecutor in The Hague, Karim Khan, was elected to his position three years ago with American assistance. After being elected, Khan closed two cases that greatly troubled the Americans: one related to undeclared detention cells related to Afghanistan in Europe, and the other also related to war crimes committed in Afghanistan.

Regarding the intention to issue arrest warrants for senior Israelis, the sources at The Hague said that it is impossible that the chief prosecutor would have decided on such a dramatic step, in a war that is still ongoing, with very little evidence, if he had not at least had a “green light” from the Americans. If this is true, this is another and unprecedented low in relations between Israel and the US, at a very sensitive time, on the eve of the ground entry to Rafah.

Reports that have recently arrived in Jerusalem indicate that the chance of issuing arrest warrants has increased dramatically, possibly as soon as next month. Last week, the Prime Minister’s Office held an urgent discussion on the issue, in which serious concerns were raised about allowing the issuance of arrest warrants against senior Israeli security and political leaders, including against Netanyahu himself.

At the end of the discussion, a decision was made to try to take some last-minute urgent actions in front of the court in The Hague and in front of influential political parties, in order to prevent the issuance of the arrest warrants. Also in his meetings with the foreign ministers of Great Britain and Germany in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked for their assistance in the issue before the court.



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