NETHERLANDS - ICC Issues Warrants for Israeli Leaders

Arno Froese

In the wake of ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s announcement that he is seeking arrest warrants against Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, and against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, it has been appalling to watch world leaders express more outrage at the way Khan made his announcement than with the content of what he was saying.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that “whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence—none—between Israel and Hamas.” A spokesperson for the German foreign ministry said in a statement that “The simultaneous application for arrest warrants against the Hamas leaders on the one hand and the two Israeli officials on the other has given the false impression of equivalence.” 

But the point of Khan’s announcement was not that Israel and Hamas are the same, and those questioning whether it was right to mention them in the same breath were missing the point of the International Criminal Court, which is to provide accountability for war crimes. 

-forward.com, 21 May 2024

Arno's Commentary

The horrendous, cold-blooded murder of civilians on 7 October 2023 in Israel by the internationally recognized terrorist organization, Hamas, was well-documented. Most of the world was aghast. But strangely, the ICC—which claims, “The court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent these crimes from happening again”—kept silent. There was no arrest warrant for the perpetrators. Only some eight months later did the court react; however, while simultaneously condemning Israel.

Objectively analyzing the ICC, one comes to the simple conclusion: It failed horribly to implement its own laws and resolutions. Icc-cpi.int defines their task: 

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression. As a court of last resort, it seeks to complement, not replace, national Courts. Governed by an international treaty called the Rome Statute...

The court’s decision to equate Israel’s military defensive action against the ruthless terrorists of Hamas, puts the stamp on the court: not trustworthy. Here we may quote Proverbs 31:9: “Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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