JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will not allow its soldiers to be charged for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Netanyahu’s remarks came two days after the Palestinian National Authority filed an application to join the ICC and press war crimes charges against Israel there.
Israel is reportedly mulling a harsh response, including a large-scale prosecution in the United States against the Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas, and other officials, according to local media.
“It is the Palestinian Authority leaders — who have allied with the war criminals of Hamas — who must be called to account,” Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting. “The Palestinian Authority has chosen confrontation with Israel and we will not sit idly by,” he added, without elaborating on any specific moves.
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