Israel's prosecutor: The request to arrest Netanyahu is unfounded

Israel's Chief Prosecutor Gali Baharav-Miyara and State Prosecutor Amit Eisman today assessed the International Court's request to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials as groundless.

As noted, the ICC does not have jurisdiction to seek arrest warrants against Israeli leaders because Israel is capable of investigating itself.

Khan sought an arrest warrant for Netanyahu and Gallant for crimes related to the Gaza war, including the deliberate targeting of civilians and the use of starvation as a tool of war.

He is also seeking charges against three Hamas leaders over the extremist organization's attack in southern Israel on October 7 last year, which sparked the war.

Israel's top judicial officials explained that the Israeli judiciary "thoroughly investigates all credible allegations of violations of the law by state officials," adding that the ICC "does not have jurisdiction to investigate this matter."

Human rights organizations have long accused Israel of not investigating and punishing its security forces for the violence committed against Palestinians, the Associated Press reports.

"The security forces, including the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), are waging war with full commitment to the rules of international law," the attorney general and attorney general said in a joint statement.

The statement added that the legal system in the State of Israel is ready to investigate any serious allegation related to politics and in all individual cases, Israeli media reported.

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