Rishi Sunak Calls ICC's Move Against Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu 'Unhelpful

“There is no moral equivalence between a democratic state exercising its lawful right to self-defence and the terrorist group Hamas,”- he said.

by Sead Dedovic
Rishi Sunak Calls ICC's Move Against Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu 'Unhelpful
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Rishi Sunak, the UK Prime Minister, isn't happy with the actions of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Specifically, the decision of the ICC prosecutor on Monday to seek an arrest warrant for Netanyahu has caused frustration for the UK Prime Minister. During his visit to Vienna, he emphasized that there is no moral basis for this decision. He believes that Israel has the right to fight against Hamas, a terrorist group that carried out attacks on Israel last October.

“There is no moral equivalence between a democratic state exercising its lawful right to self-defence and the terrorist group Hamas,” the Prime Minister said, as reported by Standard.

Sunak stresses that in an atmosphere of tension between Hamas and Israel, and fear of much greater consequences, such a situation is certainly not good for anyone.

“This is a deeply unhelpful development. Of course it is still subject to a final decision, but it remains deeply unhelpful nonetheless.”- he continued.

The UK Prime Minister believes that these events will not make any difference when it comes to this conflict, targeting both a pause in the fighting and the aid that needs to reach the region. Additionally, Sunak emphasized the issue of hostages, believing that this situation will not help them either. His view is that these are unnecessary moves that only aim to deepen the conflict and chaos, which is already significant in this country.

Amnesty UK's crisis response manager, Kristyan Benedict, does not understand the UK Prime Minister's reaction, believing that with such positions, he supports the crimes committed by Israelis in Palestine. Benedict emphasizes that it is crucial to seek justice and promote human rights, considering that basic human rights are being violated in Palestine.

Amnesty UK’s crisis response manager believes that the UK Prime Minister's messages about moral equivalence lack logic and are oversimplified. He emphasizes that this is a matter of law, considering that human rights are violated there, and it is necessary to react.

“Raising questions of supposed moral equivalence is disingenuous and deliberately misleading - this is a fundamental matter of the rule of law, justice and accountability, and the UK is placing itself on the wrong side of history in opposing the ICC on this.”- he concluded.

Yılmaz Tunç reacts

While there are negative reactions regarding the International Criminal Court (ICC) decision, the majority of those who react do so positively, considering what the Israeli Prime Minister is doing as unacceptable. Turkish Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç is one of those who reacted, emphasizing that what the ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan, did is a great thing. However, he points out that such actions should have been taken much earlier.

"The application for an arrest warrant by the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for the war and crimes against humanity they committed is a delayed but positive decision,” Tunç said.

Tunç emphasized that Turkey will consistently address the injustices, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israel's occupying forces and will remain firm in supporting the rightful cause of the Palestinian people.

Joe Biden's reaction

The American president, Joe Biden, considers the ICC's decision unacceptable. He is especially frustrated considering that many equate Israel and Hamas, pointing out that he will support Israel in their fight against Hamas.

“The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous. And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence — none — between Israel and Hamas.  We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security.”- Joe Biden said.

Biden and Netanyahu
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained that the ICC was established by its state parties as a court of limited jurisdiction, with limits rooted in principles of complementarity. He expressed concern that these principles do not appear to have been applied in this case, as the Prosecutor rushed to seek arrest warrants without allowing the Israeli legal system a full and timely opportunity to proceed.

It's evident that important figures in US politics have negative views toward such ICC decisions, believing that they haven't accurately assessed the situation and rushed with their decisions. We'll see what the future holds for Gallant and Netanyahu, as this is a serious matter.

Things in Rafah are still chaotic, with last night's reports indicating that Israelis killed seven Palestinians in one of the refugee camps, including a doctor, a teacher, and a ninth-grade student. Israelis continue to keep the borders closed.

Karim Ahmad Khan has become a hero among Palestinians and many around the world. Many consider his actions to be expected.

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