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US Threatens ICC Over Plan to Arrest Israel PM, Benjamin Netanyahu

The United States has threatened to impose sanctions against the International Criminal Court, ICC, officials over a plan to arrest Isreal Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The US, according to the Guardian UK, is willing to work with Congress to potentially impose sanctions against the world’s top court’s officials.

This is following the prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants for Israeli leaders over the Gaza war,

The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, revealed this on Tuesday.

At a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Blinken was told by Republican Lindsey Graham that he wanted to see renewed US sanctions on the court.

ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan had on Monday announced a move by ICC to arrest both the Israeli and Hamas leaders.

“I want to take actions, not just words,” Graham said to Blinken.

“They came for Isreal our friend, we are next”, Graham added.

“Will you support [a] bipartisan effort to sanction the ICC, not only for the outrage against Israel but to protect, in the future, our own interest?”

“I welcome working with you on that,” Blinken said.

Khan had said in his announcement that he had reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s defense chief and three Hamas leaders “bear criminal responsibility” for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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