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Netanyahu arrest warrant called ‘gift to terrorists’ as pro-Israel lawmakers vow revenge

House Republican leaders have accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of equating Israel’s democratically elected government with the terrorist organization Hamas, and its chief prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for officials from both governments. are charging.

“The ICC’s decision to label Israel and Hamas as war criminals is a gift to terrorists around the world and a slap in the face to the only independent democracy in the Middle East,” said House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn. he said. the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives told Fox News Digital. “There is no comparison between the intentional killing, rape, and torture of thousands of innocent civilians and those who are legitimately defending themselves against it.”

He is one of several pro-Israel lawmakers who have called on the ICC to face consequences for this development. Some have called for the United States to take direct action with international judicial bodies.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said Monday morning that he believed there were “reasonable grounds” to charge Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant with “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in the Gaza Strip. It was announced that there was.

ICC seeks arrest warrants for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Hamas leaders for ‘war crimes’

Pro-Israel members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Tom Emmer and Representative Mike Walz, are calling for action against the ICC after its top prosecutor announced that he is seeking an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ing. (Getty Images)

Among the charges cited by Khan are intentional targeting of civilians and “starvation of civilians as a means of war.”

He also accused Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ top political official Ismail Haniyeh, and Hamas’ military wing known as the Al-Qassam Brigades, of the October 7 incident at the Palestinian Liberation Group. They are also seeking an arrest warrant for Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, the head of the organization. Terrorist attack in Israel in 2023.

This has sparked outrage from Israel’s defenders in Washington, many of whom have pointed out that Israel, like the United States, is not under the jurisdiction of the ICC. However, the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank joined in 2015.

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Emmer took his condemnation a step further on Monday, declaring: “It’s time for the rest of the world to stand up and deny pro-terrorists legitimacy from an international tribunal.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Walz, Republican of Florida, suggested that ICC officials should be barred from entering the United States.

“There is no legal or legislative basis for these charges,” he told Fox News Digital, adding that Republicans in Congress “will push to end U.S. support for the ICC and bar the officials from entering the country.” ” he declared.

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Karim Khan is the ICC’s chief prosecutor (Getty Images)

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) called the ICC a “kangaroo court” and urged President Biden to take a stand against Israel’s arrest warrant.

“The ICC is a sham kangaroo court drawing moral equivalence between our ally Israel and the Hamas terrorists who are currently holding American citizens hostage. “That’s why I co-sponsored legislation that would sanction the ICC when it targets our allies,” he told FOX News Digital.

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R.N.Y.), who was in Israel to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu when the news first broke on Monday, also urged Congress to take a legislative response. I’m asking you to start.

She said her bill would “punish those at the ICC for making baseless and undemocratic decisions.”

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On the other side of the Capitol, pro-Israel hawks in the Senate are equally furious.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called the charges against Netanyahu and Gallant “politically motivated,” adding, “My colleagues and I want to assure you that Mr. Khan, his associates, and his family are… I look forward to making sure I never set foot on this land again.” America. “

“Today’s actions undermine the credibility of the court and undermine the credibility of the courts in places like Ukraine, where real war crimes are being committed,” Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement. This caused serious damage to the legitimate pursuit of responsibility.” Syria and all of Africa. ”

Yahya Sinwar Hamas

Khan is also pursuing Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. (Photo credit: Mohammed Talatene/picture Alliance via Getty Images)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) accused Mr. Khan of lying about his intentions. “Khan’s prosecution team was scheduled to come to Israel today to arrange a meeting next week with the prosecutor’s office regarding this allegation,” he said in a statement. “ICC staff have told us that the investigation could take months, not weeks. I heard it’s expensive.” Instead of carrying out its scheduled consultations with Israel, the ICC issued a warrant, insisting that meaningful consultations would take place with the State of Israel. ”

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Even Democrats all the way to the White House condemned the move, with President Biden denouncing the ICC’s warrant against Israel as “outrageous.”

“Searching for arrest warrants for both Israeli and Hamas leaders suggests there is moral equivalence between them,” Sen. John Fetterman, Democrat of Pennsylvania, said on There is no such thing and it is disgusting to suggest otherwise.The ICC’s credibility is as follows. Now they are in turmoil and the only one they can thank is themselves. ”

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