Netanyahu to hold high-level talks on ICC war crimes probe

Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold high-level talks this week on the International Criminal Court’s impending probe of alleged war crimes by Israel and Palestinian terrorists, according to Hebrew media reports.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi are expected to take part in Tuesday’s meeting, which the Walla news site says will focus on how to respond to a letter sent by the ICC.

The talks will come after the Biden administration announced yesterday that it will remove sanctions that former US president Donald Trump imposed on ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and a top aide.

Ashkenazi confirms he was updated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the move ahead of the announcement.

“I emphasized Israel’s firm position against the Court’s jurisdiction to him, and Israel’s absolute commitment to protecting its citizens and soldiers. I clarified that the PA’s active involvement in advancing the case and the investigation will harm any chance of progress whether that be at the political level or the situation on the ground. The Palestinians’ activity has a destructive impact on relations with Israel,” Ashkenazi wrote on Twitter.