Germany: If the ICC asks us to arrest Netanyahu, we will do what is necessary

Germany’s Response to Arrest Order

The official spokesperson for the German government, Stephen Hapstret, confirmed that Germany would indeed execute an arrest order from the International Criminal Court against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if issued. He stated that Germany is committed to the law, as reported by the Hebrew newspaper Jerusalem Post.

Hapstret emphasized that the allegations made by the prosecutor are serious and must be proven.

International Criminal Court and Recognition of Palestinian State

After Ireland, Spain, and Norway announced their recognition of a Palestinian state on May 28, Israel summoned the ambassadors of these countries. This raised questions about the impact of this decision on other European countries.

Germany assumes that the judges will consider Israel’s democratic system and rule of law before deciding whether to issue arrest warrants. Germany believes that Israel has an independent judicial system.

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, announced on Monday that he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yuval Steinitz on charges including starvation, deliberate killing, genocide, and/or murder.

The Chief Prosecutor accused Israel of committing crimes against humanity, alleging that Israel launched a widespread and systematic attack on Palestinian civilians.

Arrest warrants were also requested for three top leaders of Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization in the United States and other countries. They are Yahya Sinwar, the head of the movement’s political office in Gaza, Mohammed Deeb Ibrahim al-Hindi, the leader of the military wing of the movement, and Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political office of the movement, on charges of genocide, rape, sexual violence, and hostage-taking.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, speaking at a press conference with his Lithuanian counterpart, stated that they are discussing submitting a request for arrest warrants, not issuing them. He expressed concern that this would put them in a real dilemma.

Israeli Ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, wrote on social media that Germany’s national interest is being tested. He added that the public statement that Israel has the right to self-defense loses credibility if our hands are tied when we defend ourselves.

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