MADRID, Dec. 21 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The United States has criticized this Friday the decision of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, to open a formal investigation into the alleged war crimes committed in Palestinian territory.
“We strongly oppose this and any other action that seeks to target Israel unfairly,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement insisting they “do not believe” that Palestine is “a sovereign state.” .
Therefore, Palestinians are not “competent to obtain full membership or participate as a state in international organizations, entities or conferences, including the ICP,” Pompeo added.
In this context, Pompeo has also reiterated its objection to the jurisdiction of the ICC over states that are not part of the Rome Statute, such as the United States and Israel. Palestine is part of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICP.
“The United States continues deeply, firmly and consistently committed to achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The only realistic way to end this conflict is through direct negotiations,” the Secretary of State has settled.
The United States has expressed itself in the same vein as the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has reacted quickly to reject what he considers an “unfounded and atrocious decision.” “Today is a black day for truth and justice,” he lamented.
In this regard, Netanyahu has accused Bensouda of “completely ignoring” Israel's legal arguments, which argues that “the ICP has no jurisdiction in this case” because it can only act based on requests made by sovereign states and “Palestine has never It has been a state. ”
Bensouda said Friday that “there is a reasonable basis” to think that war crimes have been committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in the Gaza Strip, since June 3, 2014.