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Biden officials privately pushed Abbas to shelve ICC probe against Israel

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Senior officials in the Biden administration have privately pressed the Palestinian Authority, including its president Mahmoud Abbas, to walk back Ramallah’s effort to have Israel tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC), a Middle Eastern diplomatic official told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

Publicly, the United States has issued statements “firmly” opposing the ICC’s March decision to probe alleged actions committed by Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem since 2014.

The Biden administration, like the previous one led by former US president Donald Trump, maintains that the court does not have the jurisdiction to adjudicate the case because Israel, like the US, is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC.

Moreover, Washington maintains that there is no Palestinian sovereign state and therefore it shouldn’t be granted membership at the ICC, nor be allowed to delegate jurisdiction to The Hague-based court. The ICC is also probing alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by Afghan forces, the Taliban and US military.

However, the Biden administration, in April, revoked Trump-era sanctions against Fatou Bensouda,........

© The Times of Israel

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