Yer Under Arrest!

As Scott noted briefly this morning, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The prosecutor says there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that they “bear criminal responsibility” for Israeli war crimes beginning on October 8, 2023. The fact that the prosecutor also seeks arrest warrants against top Hamas terrorists, now hiding in tunnels under Rafah, simply confirms the absurdity of his request as to the Israeli officials.

I have no insight into whether the ICC will rubber-stamp the prosecutor’s request. If issued, arrest warrants could have reasonably serious consequences. The Wall Street Journal (link above) reports:

If granted by the court, arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Gallant could further complicate Israel’s ability to fight the war. Israel would likely face challenges when trying to import weapons, and Netanyahu and Gallant would also face the prospect of arrest if they visit most countries aside from the U.S., which isn’t under the court’s jurisdiction. It could diminish Israel’s standing on the world stage by shrinking the spheres in which they can operate.

This news has not gone over well in the U.S. Joe Biden, to his credit, railed against the prosecutor, condemning his action as “outrageous.” Republican lawmakers are going farther. Elise Stefanik wants sanctions against the ICC:

“The ICC is an illegitimate court that equivocates a peaceful nation protecting its right to exist with radical terror groups that commit genocide,” Stefanik (R-NY) told The Post.

“Congress must pass my bill with Congressman Chip Roy, the Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act, that will punish those in the ICC that made this baseless undemocratic decision.”

Punish the ICC how?

Stefanik and Roy (R-Texas), responding to reports that the warrants would be sought, introduced the Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act to revoke visas for ICC officials who investigate or prosecute US officials or American allies.

The bill also revokes visas for any other ICC employees or their immediate family members acting on behalf of such an investigation or prosecution.

How much of a threat is that? I don’t know, but it is something. More significant is Stefanik’s denunciation of the ICC as “illegitimate.” That is pretty much the official American view, since we, along with Israel, are not among the 123 countries who have signed up as members of the Court. The ICC is not part of the United Nations, but it is an element of the same corrupt NGO ecosystem that advocates mainly for evil, not for good. We should do what we can to undermine the ICC and punish those who go along with its most egregious actions.

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