For the first time, Israel has decided to talk to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague concerning Palestinian allegations of “war crimes” during last summer’s Gaza war, Arutz Sheva reported on Thursday.
The aim of contacts with the ICC will be to argue Israel’s case that it is capable of investigating and judging its military actions on its own, and secondly, that the Palestinian Authority’s complainst should not be given a hearing at the ICC, since the PA is not a state.
In the coming days, Israel will be sending a delegation to The Hague to present its arguments. However, officials stressed that this does not constitute cooperation in the ICC’s investigation of the Gaza war.
On the contrary, the delegation’s mission is to persuade the court to drop the matter altogether.
Israeli officials would not comment on the report.