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Is the ICC running against Netanyahu in Israeli elections?

It’s election season: Israeli politicians are peddling pure spin about the ICC and possible war crimes investigations.

(This analysis first appeared as part of another article, here.)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon looks over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's shoulder at a military exercise, (Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon looks over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s shoulder at a military exercise. (Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO)

The Israeli government has gone on the offensive against the ICC since Palestine joined the international court. The attacks and misinformation have reached a crescendo since the ICC’s chief prosecutor announced a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine last week.

What is “the situation in Palestine?” The ICC does not investigate specific complaints like police or a prosecutor would. When the ICC gains new jurisdiction, its prosecutors — “as a matter of policy and practice” — open an examination. They examine both sides and a multitude of events in the “situation.” The situation in Palestine covers everything that transpired between the river and the sea since June 13, 2014. The examination covers acts perpetrated by Palestinians and Israelis, by state actors and non-state actors, by uniformed soldiers, irregular fighters and the politicians who give them their marching orders.

But it’s election season, so you won’t learn that from any Israeli politicians. You won’t learn that Israel was one of the principle parties that helped write the treaty, and even signed it before backing out. You will not hear that the preliminary examination is years away from becoming a possible criminal investigation, let alone one that leads to an indictment. You will also not hear that the Israeli government-appointed Turkel Commission wrote a detailed playbook on how to avoid ending up in the ICC docket, which Israel has almost entirely ignored.

It’s election season, so context, clarity and truth are not high on the agenda. You will be told by the likes of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that “the ultimate folly” of the ICC is:

It is the democracy of Israel, a world leader in fighting terrorism, which is to be hauled to the dock in The Hague, while the terrorist war criminals of Hamas are the ones who are going to be pressing the charges.

The irony of the ICC move, at least according to a popular view of Israeli politics, is that it will strengthen Netanyahu at the polls. This logic surmises that when Israelis feel under attack they look toward hardline leaders, or at least leaders who portray themselves as hardliners — in this case, Netanyahu and his acolytes.

But surpassing the irony of Netanyahu’s — and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s — disingenuous response to the ICC announcement was Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

“It would be more appropriate for the court to investigate the Palestinian terror … and not a democracy that protects itself and has an independent and objective judiciary,” Ya’alon wrote in a statement published on Facebook over the weekend.

Just weeks earlier, the defense minister made statements interpreted as political interference in the Israeli military’s “independent and objective judiciary.” Discussing the Israeli Military Advocate General’s own examination into possible war crimes during Operation Protective Edge, Ya’alon said:

The military police are not probing the actions of the Givati Brigade at Rafah, and I hope that no one will decide to do so. This was an operation where decisions were made that do not warrant a criminal investigation.

The defense minister essentially made a public statement saying that the Military Police, which is under his command, should not investigate alleged war crimes committed by troops, also under his command. The situation was so egregious that the attorney general was forced to step in.

Yup. The very same politician who rejected internal IDF criminal investigations into potential war crimes one week, went on to argue that the ICC should not get involved because Israel investigates itself.

Elections…

Related:
Palestine’s ICC bid is only as threatening as Israel makes it
Why Israelis should welcome Palestine’s ICC bid

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    1. Mikesailor

      Of course the ICC is “antisemitic”. Doesn’t every Zionist know that? And so is the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch…the list is endless. The entire Universe is also antisemitic. So are all the Hasidim especially Neturei Karta, and all Jews who don’t support Zionism. The list is endless. And the Israelis are so brain-dead they will rally around anyone who declares they are being persecuted by all of these outside forces, and that the Israeli Jews are next. Ergo, if you want a sympathetic nationalistic vote, cry “antisemitism and let loose the war upon the rest of the world”. I have written about my view of Israel’s adherence to any legality including its own but I must admit it is funny seeing Ya’alon say that the so-called “impartial” Israeli military investigators will not dare to investigate or bring charges no matter what happened. Pssst..It’s a secret. And the Zionists cheer because the rule of law means nothing in the Zionist state as long as is “bends” to suit Zionist aims. So, what else is new?

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    2. Gustav

      Yes, my little Nazi friend, yes, you Mikey. Now you deny that there is and was antisemitism. And the holocaust was just a Zionist invention, right Mikey?

      You live in a make believe universe in which you can hate Jews, just because we are Jews and aspire to live in our own country but you are not an antisemite, right Mikey?

      Everybody else has the right to self determination but not Jews. Everybody else has the right to defend their country but not Jews. And if we dare to defend ourselves then trot out the old blood libels, call in the ICC to look at what we may or may not be guilty of and ignore the guilt of our enemies. Same old story, right Mikey? The Jews are always wrong and serves them right for being born Jewish and aspiring to have the freedoms which everyone else takes for granted. Right Mikey?

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    3. Mikesailor

      Gussie: Many died in WWII besides Jews. Hard to believe isn’t it? And crimes committed by the Nazis do not give you license to commit criminal acts against Palestinians. Or does it? Frankly, I believe millions died in the camps, although I have always had problems with the figures. Why? Because the Germans opened all their archives in 2003 and we still haven’t received a definitive report although Jewish historians and archivists have been at the forefront of the investigation. Outside of that we have Raoul Hilberg’s old figures from the early 60’s which he admitted were only very rough estimates. Estimates of WWII deaths overall seem to lie in the 100 to 120 million estimate. What is the exact figures, nobody knows and perhaps we never will. But I have a problem believing that one out of every ten or even fifteen people killed were Jews who died in the camps. But, whatever the figures, the Zionist actions both before and since cannot be excused by relying on the Holocaust for that would be both disingenuous and morally despicable, don’t you agree? The Holocaust did not give anyone license to kill, steal, brutalize or otherwise humiliate anyone, otherwise the Holocaust would mean absolutely nothing. You are the Holocaust denier, not me.

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    4. Gustav

      Nice spin Mikey.

      Most non Jews died or were murdered because of their political views, or because they were part of an enemy nation who ere making war or because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time in the middle of a war. Not nice.

      Jews on the other hand were murdered purely for being Born Jewish. Millions of us while people like you actively did the killings or cheered it on.

      So that DOES give us the licence of saying NEVER AGAIN. Never will we allow ourselves to be a minority open to the whim of haters like you to do with us as you please because we are a vulnerable minority.

      So how do we stop you Nazis from doing it again? By having our own country, being a majority in it and arming ourselves to our teeth. And if Nazis like you and your Arab friends don’t like it, that’s just too bad. Too bad because this time, if you or your Arabs try your luck again, then we will make sure that there will be plenty of dying and suffering on your side too.

      You don’t like that Mikey? Then lump it!

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    5. Mikesailor

      So, “Juden, Juden uber alles” is absolutely correct after all. Gussie, you are truly an idiot. Many were killed for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ask the Gypsies. Or perhaps the Russians who lost at least 20-25 million and don’t whine about it near as much as you do. The Chinese? They lost over 500,000 civilians in the destruction of one city: Nanking. You still didn’t answer why it is OK to kill Palestinians without cause and with total impunity. You are a hypocrite and a disgrace to the memory of all victims of WWII, Jew and non-Jew alike. Perhaps someday you will see that all of humanity are in this boat together and that injustice visited upon one innocent is an injustice visited upon all. But you have let this mistaken and stupid tribal hatred blind you to the injustice of your actions. I could almost feel sorry for you but I don’t because you are a worthless excuse for a human being.

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    6. Gustav

      I am the idiot, my Nazi friend? What does that make YOU? A super idiot?

      First, what point are you trying to make by saying that other people were killed too? Did I deny that? Read my post again, fool!

      I said that we were murdered purely for being born Jewish. That was our only crime. Yes, ditto for gypsies, that too was a crime. Our solution was/is the creation of our own sovereign state in which we are a majority and where we can defend ourselves. The Gypsies too should do the same to defend themselves from haters like yourself Mikey but it is their business.

      As for killing Palestinians without cause? Are you joking? We are killing them because they have been trying to slaughter all of us for the last 100 years. And every time they succeed in murdering some of us we make sure that they pay with interest with their lives. You know what is that called Mikey? It is called self defense. Something we were not able to do easily before we had our own Jewish majority state. Get it? Good! Didn’t get it? I could not care less. You and your ilk can howl at the moon, we will listen to you no more than the moon does. Ok Mikey?

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      • MuslimJew

        “It is called self defense.”

        It is called Settler-colonialism, Ashkenazi.

        The Palestians are the who have been defending themselves…from Holocaust denying, anti-semitec wastes of skin, like you.

        Get it or don’t get it. Live or die. Nobody cares.

        So go stick a star of David on a bagel, so you can claim it as your “ancestral homeland”, whitey.

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        • Gustav

          Yes my Nazi poopsie, MuslimJew, Brian or Bryan or whatever name you are.

          Now go take an overdose of tranquilizers before you explode.

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          • MuslimJew

            “Yes my Nazi poopsie, MuslimJew, Brian or Bryan or whatever name you are.”

            Mmmmm, enjoy your tasty ancestral bagel homeland, Ashkenazi Borg Queen.

            “Now go take an overdose of tranquilizers before you explode.”

            Quit projecting and go read “From Lies Immemorial”, so you can numb your soul and feel better about your white people problems, Ashkenazi…before your Ashkenazi colony implodes.

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          • Gustav

            White people problems, poopsie?

            What have you got against white people, poopsie? Are you a racist?

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          • MuslimJew

            “What have you got against white people, poopsie? Are you a racist?”

            What have you got against people, Ashkenazi? Are you Zionist?

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          • Gustav

            “What have you got against people, Ashkenazi? Are you Zionist?”

            Yes I am a Zionist and you are a racist. A racist because you babble about …

            Quote:

            “…feel better about your white people problems”

            I repeat, what have you got against white people, poopsie?

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          • MuslimJew

            “White people problems, poopsie?”

            Why should I care about your white people problems, Ashkenazi. Are you a WASP.

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          • Gustav

            Yes I am not a WASP, I am a Zionist and you are a racist. A racist because you babble about …

            Quote:

            “…feel better about your white people problems”

            I repeat, what have you got against white people, poopsie?

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          • MuslimJew

            “Yes I am not a WASP, I am a Zionist and you are a racist.”

            Without Zionism, you are nothing but a WASP. Zionism is pure unadulterated anti-semitism and you are an anti-semite, Zionist.

            “I repeat, what have you got against white people, poopsie?”

            Keep repeating yourself until your golden calf comes home, Zionist anti-semite.

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          • Gustav

            You said this about white people, poopsie…

            “…feel better about your white people problems”

            You are a racist, poopsie dear because you lump all white people under the one umbrealla. You say we all have the same problem. What problem is that, poopsie dear?

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          • MuslimJew

            “What problem is that, poopsie dear?”

            Ask your doctor to refer you to mental health services, for a formal diagnosis, Alien.

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      • Gustav

        The world’s champion colonizers are the Arabs. They started out from the Arab peninsula and ended up controlling half the known world.

        But now they cannot accept the idea that the natives have returned to Israel and we claimed our lands back from the Arab colonizers..

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        • MuslimJew

          The world’s champion colonizers are the Ashkenazim. They started out from Ashkenaz, colonized Palestine, defined the borders of New Ashkenaz, and ended up controlling centers of power around the world in order to acquire more habitat.

          But now the Aliens cannot accept that the natives aren’t going anywhere and that their Isralien colonial paradise in the levant is imploding.

          [Fixed it for you, Alien Ashkenazi]

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          • Gustav

            Ashkenaz? LOL

            Now read some history books. The Arabs used to live in Arabia. That is why they are called Arabs.

            Now they inhabit the entire Middle East and North Africa.

            Do the maths, poopsie. Your Arabs are colonizers. Get used to it. Don’t be in denial.

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          • MuslimJew

            “Ashkenaz? LOL”

            “Arabs are colonizers”; “we returned”; “ancestral homeland”…LOL.

            “Now read some history books. The Arabs used to live in Arabia. That is why they are called Arabs.”

            “From Lies Immemorial” isn’t “history books”. The Ashkenazim used to live in Ashkenaz. That is why they are called Ashkenazim. Palestinians have lived in Palestine for Millennia. That is why they are called Palestinians, Alien.

            “Now they inhabit the entire Middle East and North Africa.”

            Now they inhabit your poorly conceived talking points.

            “Do the maths, poopsie. Your Arabs are colonizers. Get used to it. Don’t be in denial.”

            Do the maths, Alien invader. “Your Arabs” are the Palestinians, who have been living in the land of Palestine for millennia, they outnumber you, and they won’t be going anywhere. Get used to it. Don’t be in denial.

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      • MuslimJew

        “Jews on the other hand were murdered purely for being Born Jewish.”

        “I said that we were murdered purely for being born Jewish”

        Except that Jews were also murdered for their political views and their “disloyalty” to the German state.

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        • Gustav

          “Except that Jews were also murdered for their political views and their “disloyalty” to the German state.”

          Really? The Jewish babies who were systematically murdered in Nazi extermination camps were disloyal to the German state?

          You are some despicable piece of work, MuslimJew. In fact you are a Nazi. You are guilty of racism, lies and hate speech.

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          • MuslimJew

            “You are guilty of racism, lies and hate speech.”

            Your Zionism addled mind is terribly confused, Alien. I’m not a Zionist.

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          • MuslimJew

            “In fact you are a Nazi.”

            Only in your dreams, Alien.

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          • Gustav

            “Alien”

            So now you hate aliens too? You poor hating schmuck, poopsie. What did ET do to you? Why do you hate everyone, poopsie?

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          • MuslimJew

            “So now you hate aliens too? You poor hating schmuck, poopsie. What did ET do to you? Why do you hate everyone, poopsie?”

            So now the invading, murdering, white-Falasha hordes from Ashkenaz who colonized Palestine and enslaved the native Palestinians are “ET”. You poor psychotic narcissist, Alien. What did Zionism do to your brain. Why do you hate humans and love “war”, Alien.

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    7. Gustav

      The world’s champion colonizers are the Arabs. They started out from the Arab peninsula and ended up controlling half the known world.

      But now they cannot accept the idea that the natives have returned to Israel and we claimed our lands back from the Arab colonizers.

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      • MuslimJew

        Oh, those Aghabs…

        The only ones with the power to magically return to places they’ve never previously been, however, are Ashkenazi.

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        • Gustav

          You are babbling again, MuslimJew/Brian/Bryan/poopsie.

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          • MuslimJew

            “You are babbling again, MuslimJew/Brian/Bryan/poopsie.”

            You are hallucinating again, Ashkenazi.

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          • Gustav

            You mean you are just a figment of my imagination, MuslimJew/Brian/Bryan/poopsie?

            Ok, if you say so…

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          • MuslimJew

            “You mean you are just a figment of my imagination, MuslimJew/Brian/Bryan/poopsie?

            Ok, if you say so…”

            No, I mean you are just mentally ill, Ashkenazi.

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    8. Gustav

      “No, I mean you are just mentally ill …”

      Oh, and what qualifies you to make such a diagnosis, poopsie dear?

      Did you look in the mirror before you came up with your diagnosis, poopsie?

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      • MuslimJew

        “Did you look in the mirror before you came up with your diagnosis, poopsie?”

        No, I looked at your garbled attempts at “explaining”.

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        • Gustav

          “No, I looked at your garbled attempts at “explaining”

          No, you looked in the mirror and came to the conclusion that you see an insane racist and a hater, poopsie.

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          • MuslimJew

            “No, you looked in the mirror and came to the conclusion that you see an insane racist and a hater, poopsie.”

            If you wish to believe that I see you when I look in the mirror, then you have my blessing, Alien.

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