US, Australia pledge support for Israel amid ICC war crimes Investigation

Last week, the International Criminal Court came out with an investigation into Israel’s alleged war crimes it’s committed against Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. The Hague-based court is now facing condemnation from Australia and the United States, who have both come to Israel’s defense in recent days.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement Wednesday, “Australia is concerned by the ICC Prosecutor’s proposal to consider the situation in the Palestinian Territories, subject to a ruling by the Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber on the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the matter.”

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed the Trump Administration’s support for Israel as the probe continues.

“Today, the #ICC prosecutor raised serious questions about the ICC’s jurisdiction to investigate #Israel. Israel is not a state party to the ICC. We firmly oppose this unjustified inquiry that unfairly targets Israel. The path to lasting peace is through direct negotiations,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.

The Court’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened the investigation based on a ‘satisfactory’ amount of evidence against the Jewish State.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later slammed that decision calling it ‘baseless’ and ‘outrageous.’