Pompeo Threatens ICC Over War Crimes Investigation Targeting U.S. And Israel
According to Haaretz, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration would start releasing announcements to target the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over war crime probes.
- Pompeo’s announcement on Monday that the American government will push back against the ICC comes amid its investigation of the US for “alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and pre-trial procedures against Israel and Hamas,” wrote Haaretz.
“The ICC and the world will see that we are determined to prevent having Americans and our friends and allies in Israel and elsewhere hauled in by this corrupt ICC,” Pompeo said in an American Enterprise Institute podcast.
According to Haaretz, following Pompeo’s visit to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the ICC investigation against Israel “constitutes a strategic threat to the Jewish State.”
On Monday, Netanyahu spoke with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Jared Kushner, who is President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, to discuss ICC probes against Israel and the US.
In May, the ICC “requested the Palestinian Authority to provide clarification regarding Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' recent declaration that he is ending all agreements with Israel and the US, which may have ramifications for questions of international jurisdiction in the Palestinian territory,” the report said.
In December of 2019, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that there is a reasonable basis to investigate Israel and Hamas for their actions.
Haaretz reported that Trump previously warned the court “against trying to prosecute Israelis or Americans following a complaint by Palestinians, which have called for an ICC investigation of Israel.”
"Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response," Trump said. "This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law...We welcome this decision and reiterate our position that the United States holds American citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards."
The ICC’s investigation continues to strain the international organization’s relationship with the US, and Trump has threatened to intensify the sanctions that his administration has placed on the ICC.