Ashkenazi discusses ICC ruling, Iran with Blinken in 2nd phone call

Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and thanks him for Washington’s public opposition to the International Criminal Court’s decision that it has jurisdiction to open a war crimes investigation against Israel.

Ashkenazi tweets: “I spoke with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and thanked him for the administration’s public support of Israel in the face of the outrageous decision by judges of the ICC.”

Blue and White MK Gabi Ashkenazi attends the annual Municipal Innovation Conference in Tel Aviv, February 19, 2020. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“I emphasized to the Secretary of State that the tribunal’s decision is fundamentally wrong, discriminatory, And that it jeopardizes the rare opportunity to promote peace in our region.”

He adds: “We also discussed joint efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons & its destabilizing regional activity. I thank Joe Biden & Sec of State Blinken for their true and deep commitment to Israel’s security and the strategic alliance between our countries.”

This is the second phone call between the top diplomats.

Then US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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