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US House Republicans to Sanction ICC for Arrest Warrants Against Netanyahu

US House Republicans have now accelerated legislation on Monday June 4, to penalize the ICC after the court sought to issue arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Security Minister Yoav Gallant, “on suspicions of war crimes in Gaza.”

According to The Hill, this was supposed to be bipartisan, with leaders from both parties wanting to show Washington’s unwavering solidarity for the Israeli regime.

This comes shortly after US President Joe Biden declared that Washington does not recognize the ICC. 

Notably, neither Tel Aviv nor Washington are among the 124 signatories of the ICC Rome Statute of 1998, which established genocide as one of the four core international crimes. 

However, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced that while the “Biden administration supports some response to the ICC’s plans, it does not favor sanctioning the court.”

“We fundamentally reject the ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders,” Jean-Pierre stressed.

“Sanctions on the ICC, however, we do not believe is an effective or an appropriate path forward,” she added.

The statement said that the Biden administration is “deeply concerned” about what it called “the ICC Prosecutor’s heedless rush to apply for arrest warrants for senior Israeli officials” but pointed out that “there are more effective ways to defend Israel, preserve U.S. positions on the ICC, and promote international justice and accountability, and the Administration stands ready to work with the Congress on those options.”

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