- Title: Israel's Netanyahu slams ICC for planned war crimes investigation
- Date: 22nd December 2019
- Summary: HEBRON, WEST BANK (FILE - APRIL 7, 2019) (REUTERS) PALESTINIAN NEIGHBOURHOODS AND ISRAELI SETTLEMENT IN HEBRON BUILDING OF ISRAELI SETTLEMENT BEITAR ILLIT, WEST BANK (FILE - APRIL 7, 2019) (REUTERS) TRUCK DRIVING AT SETTLEMENT VARIOUS OF WORKERS WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION AT SETTLEMENT SETTLERS WALKING BUS DRIVING AT SCENE WORKERS AT SETTLEMENT
- Embargoed: 5th January 2020 10:21
- Keywords: Hague ICC Israel Palestinians President Mahmoud Abbas Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu investigation
- Location: JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, HEBRON, BEITAR ILLIT, WEST BANK/ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER, TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER, RAFAH, GAZA CITY, UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, GAZA
- City: JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, HEBRON, BEITAR ILLIT, WEST BANK/ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER, TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER, RAFAH, GAZA CITY, UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, GAZA
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA002BB241TZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised on Sunday (December 22) the International Criminal Court's plan to investigate alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories.
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Friday (December 20) she would launch a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories as soon as the court's jurisdiction had been established.
The announcement opens the possibility of charges being filed against Israelis or Palestinians.
The Palestinians welcomed the decision but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose country captured the West Bank and Gaza Strip in a 1967 war, said the ICC had no jurisdiction to investigate the Palestinian Territories.
The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said a preliminary examination into alleged war crimes, opened in 2015, had provided enough information to meet all criteria for opening an investigation.
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