ICC’s bold move on Gaza warrants brings fresh scrutiny of Prosecutor Karim Khan

By demanding an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan has defied critics who accused him of turning a blind eye to Western-backed crimes against humanity – and made himself a possible target of the Biden administration.

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan’s decision Monday to request arrest warrants not only for senior Hamas officials but for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his defence minister, Yoav Gallant, for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the besieged Gaza Strip has shaken Israel’s supporters in Washington.

If ICC judges grant the requested warrants, 124 countries across the world – including every member of the European Union – will be obliged to arrest Netanyahu and Gallant on sight. It is the first time in the court’s history that a sitting Western-backed leader has been targeted by the international court in this manner.

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