World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel said Wednesday that the admission of Palestine into the International Criminal Court (ICC) was a blatant violation of basic conflict resolution rules.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement that unilateral Palestinian moves, including joining the ICC, was a "glaring" violation of basic conflict resolution rules between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
"The move also proves another time the rejection of the Palestinians to conduct peaceful negotiations with Israel," Israel Public Radio quoted the Foreign Ministry as adding in the statement.
It described the Palestinian bid to join the ICC as both "cynical" and "hypocritical."
Earlier Wednesday, Palestine officially joined the ICC after The Hague-based tribunal approved its accession bid, Palestinian state television reported.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki received written notification from the ICC that Palestine had been accepted as a full member, according to a TV report.
ICC spokesman Fadi al-Abdallah told The Anadolu Agency that Palestine had become the court's 123rd member state.
Palestine officially joined the Rome Statute on Wednesday, an automatic procedure after the passage of two months since the Ramallah-based PA filed its membership request with the UN, al-Abdallah said.
According to the spokesman, the PA can now request to have Israeli leaders referred to the court for alleged war crimes committed on Palestinian territory.
Palestinians, too, can be prosecuted by the court, as ICC prosecutors are mandated with identifying suspects.
In January, Palestinians formally delivered the UN papers ratifying the Rome Statute – the legal document establishing the court – with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acting as "depository."
The move came after an Arab draft resolution at the UN General Assembly seeking a deadline for ending the Israeli occupation failed to win the nine votes needed to pass, with the U.S. – Israel's longstanding, veto-wielding ally – voting against it.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Nisan 2015, 11:27