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March 18, 2015 12:41 pm

Palestinians’ Erekat: PA to ‘Intensify’ International Criminal Court Effort After Likud Win

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Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian Authority will move forward with war crime charges against Israel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – In the wake of the sweeping win by the Likud party, headed by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the Israeli elections on Tuesday, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinian Authority will push forward on war crimes charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“It is clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government, and for that, we say clearly that we will go to the Hague Tribunal, we will accelerate, continue, and intensify [the effort to prosecute Israel],” Erekat told AFP.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas first formally applied for admission to the ICC in January, and the PA is expected to be admitted by April 1. In the meantime, the ICC has already initiated an investigation into Israel’s actions during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Erekat blamed the international community for the decisive victory by Netanyahu’s Likud party. “Such a result would not have been possible had the international community held Israel to account for its systematic violations of international law,” he said in a statement.

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  • DavidpUn

    Why do the Palestinians need a negotiator? Israel has no intention of negotiating anything. The Palestinians really have no alternative. The reason why there is concern from a number of countries including Israel, is that there is a serious chance that Israel will be found guilty in the ICC, which means that in theory, (not very likely) Netanyahu could be detained as a war criminal if he tried to leave Israel.
    I deeply encourage the Israelis, who are basically a good people, to see the Palestinians as human beings and try to find a way to work with them. Don’t use Hamas as an excuse.

  • After the court ruling in the USA against the PLO, I don’t see the ICC being a great success. The ICC normally hears cases against countries that do not hve their own independent judciary. Israel’s court system is fully acceptable by international standards and has tried an Israeli president,several prime ministers and leading politicians.