In a hostile world, Israel is certainly taking note of the few supporters it has.

The Friends of Israel Initiative Warns Newly Appointed ICC Prosecutor

In a hostile world, Israel is certainly taking note of the few supporters it has.


On February 12, Karim Khan, a British barrister, was elected as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. While Khan has not yet assumed office as chief prosecutor, he already received a letter from the Friends of Israel Initiative. The letter, seen by the Washington Free Beacon, warned Khan against launching war crimes investigations against Israel and was signed by, among others, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, former Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle and former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

Harper, Howard, Aznar, Lacalle and Guttenberg are all founding members of the Friends of Israel Initiative. The initiative’s website states that its founders are most concerned "about the onslaught of radical Islamism as well as the specter of a nuclear Iran, both of which threaten the entire world." For years, the initiative has defended Israel’s position on the international stage against various threats.

The recent letter noted that an investigation of war crimes against Israel would politicize the court and harm its standing. The former leaders are concerned about the "unprecedented campaign of delegitimization against Israel waged by the enemies of the Jewish state and supported by numerous international institutions."


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