Blinken hints at US sanctions against ICC over arrest warrants for Israeli leaders

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Blinken hints at US sanctions against ICC over arrest warrants for Israeli leaders
independent.co.uk

Antony Blinken has indicated that he will work with American lawmakers on potential sanctions against the International Criminal Court after it sought arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister and defence minister, setting the stage for a confrontation with the world court in the Hague.

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Yes that will help, sanction the people responsible for calling out war crimes when they.......call out war crimes.

I'm trying to wrap my head around how devoted to this you must be to jeopardize your reelection.

No one I know supports Israels actions, no one I know supports hamas actions. Everyone I know agrees it is genocide.

Their subservience to Israel is an insult to everything the United States is supposed to stand for. Joe Biden hates America and you know it's true because he unconditionally supports the state of Israel.

Just for the sake of balance, Republicans also unconditionally support the state of Israel, and are, if anything, even more uniformly enthusiastic for its actions in Gaza and the West Bank than Democrats. Americans have no good electoral options on this issue.

I don't believe that is true.

Whether it is global politics, the second coming, or just something out of my sphere I don't understand it.

America has lost its independence from the crown by way of Israel's ties to the British and our shackling to THEIR geopolitical constructs by way of the Balfour declaration and the catastrophic administration of mandatory Palestine. The corporatized political economic laundry machine between the 3 (UK/I/USA) completely undermines any democratically rooted ability of the popular states to regulate colonial influence. "Where we go one, we go all." The world is in for some incredibly dark times ahead.

You sound confused. Nowhere in the article, the link summary, or my comment does anyone mention the US election. You're assuming this jeopardizes the election which I have no basis to comment on. Maybe take a break from news for a while.

Further, if the US administration thought this announcement could jeopardize the election that's really on them to think through. As a regular schmuck I don't really know what the impact of this announcement could be - but I applaud the ICC for not taking sides and calling war crimes what they are. Starving children to steal their land shouldn't be acceptable no matter how much money you donate to politicians.

My comment was more on the macro scale. I agree with you.

No, neither you nor the article mention the election. It seems to me that this will have bearing on it though.

There is no need for you to be condescending. I have not attacked you. Have a good day.

Misunderstood, when you said "you" I thought you meant me individually not in the macro sense "you'z guys" or the Biden camp. Apologize I went straight to 100 on that because I thought for a moment I was getting turffed by a Zionist sympathizer and I have little patience for that shit recently.

Thanks, reading back I was not very clear, as is often the case with me. No hard feelings.

Yeaaaah they were not calling out you specifically.. xD They're saying: "Why would Biden do this?"

America's acting like the former apartheid South Africa and Russia right now.

Isn’t south africa doing the right thing this time around? Something about “we know an apartheid state when we see one”.

That's fair. I will amend my statement to say the "former" SA gov't.

It's crazy how profoundly immoral and blind to so much suffering our country is. This mindset will be the end of the US as we know it.

The rest of the world should sanction these US-based thugs and shame them constantly on the media. It's infuriating to see them commit all these atrocities and then smugly pretend to be the heroes.

They kill off international law and then act all surprised when autocracies do crimes.

If heads of state can be held responsible for war crimes in the middle east, it sets a dangerous precedent for the US.

This is the best summary I could come up with:


“We reject the prosecutor’s equivalence of Israel with Hamas,” Mr Blinken said, warning that the decision could jeopardise efforts to have a ceasefire in Gaza, agree a hostage exchange deal and increase humanitarian aid for the starving Palestinians.

At a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Mr Blinken was asked if he would support legislation aimed at preventing the world court from “sticking its nose in the business of countries that have an independent, legitimate, democratic judicial system”.

The US sanctioned ICC officials Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko in 2020 for seeking to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

The latest ICC war crimes allegations are “significant”, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said in a statement, adding that “the application for arrest warrants is merely the beginning of a judicial process”.

Mr Netanyahu, on his part, has labelled the ICC’s decision to seek arrest warrants against him and his defence minister “a complete distortion of reality”.

Meanwhile, the leaders of Norway, Ireland and Spain have said their countries will formally recognise Palestine as a state for the sake of “peace in the Middle East”, Al Jazeera reported.


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