Herzog on potential ICC warrants: Any parallel between Hamas and Israel’s democratically elected leaders is ‘outrageous’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

President Isaac Herzog calls ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s decision to seek arrests warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant “beyond outrageous,” adding that is “shows the extent to which the international judicial system is in danger of collapsing.”

“Taken in bad faith, this one-sided move represents a unilateral political step that emboldens terrorists around the world,” writes Herzog on X, “and violates all the basic rules of the court according to the principle of complementarity and other legal norms.”

He calls any attempts to draw parallels between Hamas leaders and Israel’s democratically elected government “outrageous.”

“We will not forget who started this war, and who raped, butchered, burned, brutalized, and kidnapped innocent citizens and families,” he pledges, adding that he expects “all leaders in the free world to condemn outright this step and firmly reject it.”

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