AG, State Attorney: ‘No Foundation’ to ICC Prosecutor’s Request for Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu, Gallant

By Aryeh Stern

State Prosecutor Amit Eisman. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara and State Attorney Amit Eisman on Wednesday dismissed International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan’s request for arrest warrants against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant as having “no foundation.”

In a joint statement, the country’s top law enforcement officials emphasized that Israeli agencies rigorously examine all allegations of legal violations, asserting that the ICC has no jurisdiction or authority to investigate or charge Israeli officials.

“The security forces, including the IDF, wage war with full commitment to the rules of international law,” Baharav-Miara and Eisman stated.

They continued, “The legal system in the State of Israel is prepared to examine any serious claim both in relation to matters of policy and in relation to individual cases. As the State of Israel has made clear over the years, the [international] court lacks any authority to conduct an investigation into this matter.

“In any case, the request to the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants against the Prime Minister and the defense minister has no foundation.”

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