UK warns ICJ ruling will incentivize Hamas to keep hostages, hold out in Gaza

The British government criticizes the International Court of Justice for ordering Israel to halt military operations in the southern Gazan city of Rafah that would risk the destruction of the civilian population sheltering there, saying the ruling would strengthen the Hamas terror group.

The ICJ, which is the highest UN body for hearing disputes between states, made the emergency ruling on Friday in South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide.

“The reason there isn’t a pause in the fighting is because Hamas turned down a very generous hostage deal from Israel. The intervention of these courts –including the ICJ today — will strengthen the view of Hamas that they can hold on to hostages and stay in Gaza,” a UK foreign ministry spokesperson says.

“And if that happens there won’t be either peace, or a two-state solution.”

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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