The International Criminal Court (ICC) green-lighted in 2015 a preliminary probe into allegations of war crimes allegedly committed by Israel in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has signed the Rome Statute and formally accepted the court’s jurisdiction over its soil.
The inquiry reportedly scrutinizes Israeli construction beyond the Green Line, the 2014 Gaza War, and protests on the border in the Gaza strip which were sparked by Palestinian ‘Great March of Return’.
According to The Times of Israel, the possible ICC ruling to authorize a full-scale investigation into allegations of war crimes by Israel will make high-profile Israeli officials, along with senior military personnel, vulnerable to international prosecution.
The prime minister, defense ministers, IDF chiefs and the heads of Shin Bet (the nation’s intelligence agency) over the past five years could all reportedly face prosecution. The Times of Israel said that low-ranking soldiers could be also put on trial.
The media outlet cited an Israeli official who said that “a decision will be reached after the legal teams make their recommendations” as to whether Israel will cooperate with the ICC’s pre-trial department in the coming 120 days.
Other sources, cited by Channel 12, expressed an opposing view, stressing that “there will be no cooperation with the court”, according to The Times of Israel.
The media report suggested, citing sources, that private Israeli organizations could defend prosecuted individuals but noted that the government in Israel will not cooperate with the probe in any capacity.