Biden slams ‘outrageous’ Netanyahu arrest warrant bid by International Criminal Court

WASHINGTON – President Biden on Monday threw out an “outrageous” arrest warrant application against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu filed by Karim Khan, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Mr. Biden, who is nicknamed “Massacre Joe” by anti-Israel demonstrators for his early and strong support for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s invasion of the Gaza Strip, has expressed his support for ICC prosecutors’ arrest of Israeli leaders. “The application for a letter of warrant is outrageous.”

“Let me be clear: no matter what this prosecutor says, there is no equal relationship between Israel and Hamas. On October 7, Hamas terrorists started the war by killing approximately 1,200 people. Biden added, visiting Israel just 11 days after he visited Israel, including 33 Americans.

“We will always support Israel against threats to its security,” the president concluded.

Although Biden condemned the arrest warrant application, the 81-year-old himself criticized Netanyahu’s actions in the Gaza war, where he halted shipments of 2,000-pound and 500-pound bombs to thwart an Israeli attack on the city of Rafah. is increasingly criticized. .

Polls show that Biden’s support for Netanyahu alienates key Democratic constituencies, including Arab-American and Muslim-American voters in battleground states like Michigan, threatening his re-election.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned the request for an arrest warrant against Prime Minister Netanyahu in a separate statement.

“[T]Long before the current conflict, the United States has made clear that: [sic] The ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter. The ICC was established by the State Parties as a court with limited jurisdiction,” Blinken said. Said.

“Those restrictions are rooted in principle.s “It appears that this did not apply here, as prosecutors rushed to request these arrest warrants without giving Israel’s judicial system a full and timely opportunity to proceed,” Blinken added.

“In other circumstances, prosecutors have cooperated to postpone national investigations and give states time to investigate,” the chief continued. “Prosecutors did not provide the same opportunity to Israel, which continues to investigate allegations against its employees.”

Khan said Prime Minister Netanyahu is suspected of seven war crimes. include “Starvation of civilians as a means of war”, “deliberate attacks on civilians”, “extermination and/or murder”.

The filing also names Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant as potential defendants, as well as Hamas military leader Yahya Sinwar, who is suspected of orchestrating the October 7 attack, and two other terrorist leaders. A separate application has also been filed against the person.

Khan is a British national and his father was born in Pakistan. His younger brother Imran Ahmad Khan was a Conservative member of the British Parliament until 2022, when he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.