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Israel’s Ashkenazi on diplomatic blitz against ICC ruling

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi is busy calling counterparts worldwide, to convince them to object the ICC ruling on judging Israel for alleged war crimes.
Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a news conference with his UAE Foreign Minister counterpart and German Foreign Minister following their historic meeting at Villa Borsig in Berlin, on October 6, 2020. (Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague  ruled Feb. 5 that despite Israeli objection it can investigate alleged war crimes perpetrated in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Since then, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi has been busy calling his counterparts across the globe. He is campaigning relentlessly against the ruling.

Shortly after the decision, Ashkenazi published a harsh reaction, stating that it turns the ICC into a political tool of anti-Israeli propaganda. "We call upon all nations that value the international legal system, and object to its political exploitation, to respect the sovereign rights of states not to be subjected to the Court’s jurisdiction. The State of Israel will take every necessary measure to protect its citizens," he added.

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