Tue 21 May 2024 1:34 pm - Jerusalem Time

Gallant: Israel is not a party to the Hague Court and does not recognize its powers

The Israeli Minister of Security, Yoav Galant, said today, Tuesday, commenting on the announcement of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, yesterday, regarding his request for the court to issue international arrest warrants against him and the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that “the State of Israel is not a party.” "The Hague Court does not recognize its powers."

Although Israel did not join the treaty under which the International Criminal Court was formed, Gallant himself canceled his travel to Britain, more than ten years ago, after it became clear to him that an arrest warrant would be issued against him in London following the submission of a lawsuit to a British court accusing him of committing war crimes. .

Today, Gallant claimed, “The attempt of the plaintiff at the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, to turn things around will not succeed, and the plaintiff’s comparison between the terrorist organization Hamas and the State of Israel is despicable and disgusting. The plaintiff’s attempt to prevent the State of Israel from the right to defend itself and free its captives must be rejected.”

While Khan accuses Galant and Netanyahu of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip and starving millions of Palestinians as a method of war, Gallant considered that “Israel has been fighting a deadly and bloodthirsty enemy since October 7,” repeating Israeli allegations rejected by the international community.

He claimed, "The Israeli army fights under the rules of international law, by making distinguished humanitarian efforts that have not been made in any armed conflict. As Minister of Security, I support the soldiers of the Israeli army."

Contrary to Gallant's allegations, there is great fear in Israel that arrest warrants will be issued in foreign countries against its political and military leaders after they are accused of committing war crimes. After the aggression on Gaza, at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, many Israeli officers canceled their scheduled travel to Britain in accordance with the recommendations of the Israeli Military Prosecutor.

One of the most prominent of these cases was General Doron Almog, who arrived in London in September 2005 and discovered that a British police officer was waiting for him in the passenger hall carrying an arrest warrant against him. He was forced to stay on the plane and return on board to Israel.

At the beginning of 2007, the former head of the Shin Bet and minister at the time, Avi Dichter, canceled a visit to Britain in anticipation of his arrest following the Shin Bet’s involvement in the assassination of the leader of the Hamas movement, Salah Shehadeh, which led to the death of 15 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children. Then, a plane dropped An Israeli bomb hit his house in Gaza with a weight of one ton.

The head of the Israeli opposition, Tzipi Livni, was also forced to cancel a visit to Britain after it became clear that an arrest warrant had been issued against her due to her involvement, as Foreign Minister in Ehud Olmert’s government, in the aggression against Gaza at the end of 2008.


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Gallant: Israel is not a party to the Hague Court and does not recognize its powers