Deutch, Wilson Statement on ICC Decision to Investigate Israel
U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism, issued this statement following the decision by the International Criminal Court to open a formal investigation into Israeli actions:
“The ICC’s decision to open an investigation where it lacks jurisdiction is inappropriate and sets a dangerous precedent. By moving forward with its investigation, not only is the Court undermining Israel’s sovereignty but it is also challenging Israel’s robust judicial system and ability to responsibly investigate such matters for itself. This is disturbing given the ongoing attempts to use the court to investigate the United States. Israel, like the United States, is not a member of the ICC. Furthermore, we cannot be assured that this investigation will be conducted fairly, particularly as the Court follows a pattern of political bias by so many other international organizations to single out and impose a double standard on Israel."