Netanyahu Called The ICC Anti-Semitic And “A Farce” For Seeking His Arrest Warrant

Israeli prime minister called the decision to seek his arrest warrant “a moral outrage of historic proportions.”

Netanyahu Called The ICC Anti-Semitic And “A Farce” For Seeking His Arrest Warrant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the International Criminal Court (ICC) decision to seek arrest warrants for him and Israel’s defense minister, calling it a “moral outrage of historic proportions.”

On Monday, May 20, the ICC’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan applied for arrest warrants against Netanyahu defense minister Yoav Gallant, as well as three senior Hamas leaders, on charges of bearing “criminal responsibility” for various war crimes and crimes against humanity.

A panel of pre-trial judges will now decide whether the evidence justifies the issuance of arrest warrants.

In a video statement released in English on the same day, Netanyahu called the decision “outrageous” and that it will cast an “everlasting mark of shame” on the ICC and “turn it into a farce.”

He said the “absurd” charges against him and Gallant are nothing but an attempt to refuse Israel the “basic right of self-defense” and referred to the warrant application as a “travesty of justice… a disgrace.”

In addition, Netanyahu accused Khan of “callously pouring gasoline on the fires of anti-Semitism that are raging across the world” and drew parallels between Khan and the Nazi judges who facilitated the Holocaust during World War II.

He described the decision to compare him and Gallant with Hamas leaders as “creating a moral equivalence after Sep. 11th between President Bush and Osama Bin Laden, or during World War II between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Hitler.

Netanyahu vowed again to continue Israel’s war on Gaza and reiterated that no amount of international pressure will stop it from defending itself against “those who seek our destruction.”

“To all the enemies of Israel, including their collaborators in The Hague, I renew that pledge today. Israel will wage our war against Hamas until that war is won. Because never again is now,” he said. 

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