Netanyahu said to pan US refusal to sanction ICC over arrest warrants

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pans the Biden administration’s announcement yesterday that it won’t support sanctions against the International Criminal Court after its top prosecutor asked the tribunal to issue arrest warrants against the Israeli premier and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

“The United States said that they would, in fact, back the sanctions bill. I thought that was still the American position because there was bipartisan consensus just a few days ago,” Netanyahu says in a yet-to-be-aired interview with Sirius XM’s “The Morgan Ortagus Show” that was leaked to Politico.

Last week, the US blasted ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s decision and said it would work with Congress to advance a “bipartisan response” but stopped short of backing sanctions against The Hague court.

“Now you say there’s a question mark and frankly I’m surprised and disappointed,” Netanyahu says.

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