The Palestinians were again brandishing the threat of taking Israel to the Hague on war crimes charges on Thursday, this time saying they will do so if the U.N. does not press
Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders by a fixed time.
Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath told the Ma’an news agency said that if the U.N. Security Council does not endorse a timetable for
withdrawal, “Fatah will ask the International Criminal Court in The Hague to try Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, and other senior officials over the military offensive against the Gaza Strip.”
Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly in Amman a few days before the
ceasefire agreement on Tuesday, according to Jordanian daily Al-Ghad.
The Palestinian Authority is expected to have a major role in rebuilding and administering Gaza, along with a host of
international donors and participants, including the European Union, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Norway.
Israeli media reported that a three-person panel consisting of Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, U.N. Mideast envoy Robert Serry and PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah will supervise the reconstruction process and determine what goods are allowed in.
Asked if he felt that Abbas was a partner for peace, Netanyahu said in his first press conference following the ceasefire on Wednesday that the Palestinian leader “needs
to choose what side he is on.”