Netanyahu says ‘absurd’ ICC accusations risk turning institution into ‘kangaroo court’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a Likud party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 20, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a Likud party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 20, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismisses accusations from the International Criminal Court that Israel is deliberately denying Gaza food and water as “absurd” and warned the actions of the chief prosecutor in targeting Israeli leaders are turning the institution into a “kangaroo court.”

“This is absurd, it is beyond outrageous,” Netanyahu says in an interview with ABC, reacting to the charges and calling them a “totally false accusation.”

“We are supplying now nearly half of the water of Gaza, we supplied only 7 percent before the war,” Netanyahu says. “We have supplied over half a million tons of food and medicine with 20,000 trucks.”

Netanyahu slams ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan. “This guy is out to demonize Israel. He’s doing a hit job and creating a false symmetry between the democratically elected leaders of Israel and the terror chieftains,” Netanyahu says.

“He’s also pouring gasoline on the fires of antisemitism that are spreading around the world. He is attacking the one and only Jewish state and trying to handcuff us,” Netanyahu says, adding that accusations like these will deny democracies the ability to defend themselves from terrorists hiding among civilian populations, even when they adhere to the laws of war.

Netanyahu also accuses Khan of undermining the global status of the ICC: “He is creating false symmetry and false facts and doing a grave injustice to the international court.”

Asked if he was concerned about traveling internationally after the recommendations, Netanyahu said he was not.

“I’m not concerned at all about our status. I think the prosecutor should be concerned about his status because he is really turning the ICC into a pariah institution. People are just not going to take it seriously,” Netanyahu says.

“They see it as a politicized thing. I hope the judges don’t confirm what he says, because they will make them into a kangaroo court,” Netanyahu says.

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