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You and What Army, ICC?

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024
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The same day the Biden administration and European Union offered their condolences over the death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, the “Butcher of Tehran,” the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, sought the arrest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli war council members over imaginary war crimes.

The first question we need to ask is: Karim Khan and what army?

It’s not worth taking a deep dive into the intricacies of law and war, because Hamas does not recognize any moral or legal restrictions on warfare and the ICC has no real jurisdiction over anyone, anyway. Khan says, “Nobody is above the law.” But there is no such thing as international law. The term is a contradiction and a fantasy. Law is a system of rules regulating citizens — in our case, with the consent of the governed — and is overseen with due process and enforced with penalties. Americans do not recognize any international government, so there can’t be “international law.”

Though we occasionally enter treaties with other nations — neither the U.S. nor Israel signed onto the ICC agreement in 2002 — the ultimate authority that governs us is the Constitution. We do not recognize the ability of illiberal European institutions to punish our citizens, and neither does Israel.

None of that is to mention that the ICC is an enemy of the Jewish State masquerading as a court. Just read the indictment.

To begin with, the ICC draws a moral equivalence between the actions of Israel and Hamas. Need it be repeated, Hamas — which even the EU designates as a terrorist organization — targets civilians, women and children for murder and rape and torture. It is still holding hostages, among them Americans. It does not recognize any rules of warfare.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was never indicted by the ICC. Nor has Bashar al Assad. Nor has Xi Jinping. Nor have dozens of other genocidal dictators. Netanyahu is charged with “extermination,” “starvation of civilians” and “intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population,” among other imaginary crimes. The ICC presumably relies on the wholly conjured fatality statistics provided by Hamas and spread by the media and the Left. The Israel Defense Forces estimates it has killed around 15,000 terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, or half of fatalities — which is a better civilian-to-combatant ratio in an urban warfare setting than perhaps any in history.

Notice as well that indictments only charge members of right-center Likud who are in the war cabinet. Right now, Israel has a unity government. Every major political party in Israel is in basic agreement that Hamas must be destroyed in Gaza. There is no government coalition that could survive that does not hunt down the remaining Hamas battalions. And the war cabinet, overseeing the decisions that brought on the ICC indictments, features Netanyahu’s biggest political rival Benny Gantz, as well. Yet he is not charged.

Placing blame on this one man falls in line with the American Left’s rhetoric about Israel’s democratically elected unity government. Using Netanyahu as a straw man is a politically expedient way to attack Israel’s democracy. The entire point of the ICC indictments is to further isolate Israel and reward Hamas. (Israel was about to host Khan to explain their decision making process, but the “prosecutor” was not interested.)

In this regard, the real tell is that the alleged crimes cover actions in both the “territory of Israel” and the “State of Palestine.”

The ICC creates a fictitious “state” and downgrades an existing one to a “territory” — even though it is recognized by most United Nations member states.

There is no Palestine. An independent Arab Palestine has never existed. There is no historical precedent for it. It didn’t exist under Ottoman rule or the British Mandate or, in the end, under a United Nations Partition Plan that was rejected by every single Arab state and Palestinian leadership. It didn’t exist when the Palestinians were ruled by governments in Jordan and Egypt (a time when there was virtually no international pressure to create an independent “Palestine”), and it didn’t come into existence when the Arab states rejected Israel’s peace gestures after the 1967 and 1973 wars.

If Palestinians keep supporting nihilism and terrorism, such a state may never exist. And it won’t make one lick of difference how the UN or ICC or EU describes Gaza in press releases.

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of five books — the most recent, “Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.” His work has appeared in National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reason, New York Post and numerous other publications. Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.

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Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
19 days ago

Who cares? They have as much “authority” as the UN. These are the same faux “jurists” who indicted GW Bush… A bunch of Marxists hiding behind cloaks of “justice”… for terrorists.

anna hubert
anna hubert
19 days ago

UN should never have been created Was not the League of nations a lesson enough? It is not the empty words but the real danger that it represents There is not one good thing it ever did but everything it gets involved in ends in disaster There is no justification for it’s existence A mill stone around the neck

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
19 days ago

Very sick world and the leftist democ rats bow to these foreign entities that are intent on controlling AMERICA,what we think and what we do.It has to stop while Patriotic AMERICANS still have at least a little bit of power.First step,vote out the entities intent on destroying our country.

Ken
Ken
18 days ago

The USA is the biggest patsy on the block for funding agencies that work against us. Boy, we’re dumb.

frank snell
frank snell
19 days ago

No need to follow dictates of the International Cangaroo Court?

Jeri
Jeri
19 days ago

As long as they can keep the sheeple living in fear it matters not to them what they say or do.

David Millikan
David Millikan
18 days ago

Dictator Beijing biden bowed down to Terrorist Iran by offering help. No surprise since he and obama have been financing their Terrorism with OUR MONEY.
The ICC is a JOKE like Dictator Beijing biden.
The ICC goes after Innocent people just like Dictator Beijing biden does with his Election Interference on President Trump.

Russ
Russ
18 days ago

Khan and his army is the democrat party.

johnh
johnh
16 days ago

Hamas attacked Israel on Oct 7th & Israel has the right to stop this from ever happening again. Hamas is using hostages / citizens as human shields and that is wrong.

Sydney
Sydney
18 days ago

We should give them the time of day. Bogus and illegitimate.

frank snell
frank snell
19 days ago

No need to follow the dictates of the International Cangaroo Court!

Jeannie Huppert
Jeannie Huppert
17 days ago

Father God, STOP: the i.c.c., the u.n., planned parenthood & the like. Lord God, please PUT THESE 3 100% COMPLETELY OUT OF BUSINESS!

Hammer
Hammer
19 days ago

International law doesn’t exist.
just like this American soldiers kneecaps lol

John Shipway
John Shipway
19 days ago

Mr. Harsanyin should reside forever in the hypocrisy hall of fame. So, there is no such thing as International Law? Weird that morons like ole David here were praising the ICC when it proclaimed charges against President Putin….for essentially rescuing children,from a war zone. I guess it was pretty cruel for the Russian President to do so with parental consent and my God, many of the children ended up in rescue centers in………Germany. Regardless, back then the crap the ICC members passed had the odor of roses. Now the same court is being threatened for daring to charge murderous sociopaths with war crimes and crimes against humanity for merely slaughtering some 35000 and growing and primarily women and children. They are merely “sand n**gers” after all according to one brave US Senator..
But this scribe makes a good portion of his living as a hack for National Review, the Bill Kristol bible so what should we expect?

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