Israel ‘Does Not Recognize ICC Authority’ to Investigate It

The International Criminal Court building in The Hague, Netherlands. (Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw)

After a lengthy deliberation presided over by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, it has been decided that Israel’s formal response to the ICC will be that it does not recognize the court’s authority.

The language of the response is intended to be both laconic and noncommittal, in the hopes of allowing for further dialogue.

The International Criminal Court is planning to investigate possible war crimes in the Palestinian Authority territories.

Netanyahu decided not to cooperate with the probe after meeting with senior ministers and government officials ahead of a Friday deadline to respond to an ICC notification letter.