Biden’s Response to Israel’s ICC Prosecution Is an Attack on International Law

Truthout May 22, 2024:
This marks the first time in US history that a sitting president has openly sided with suspected war criminals. On Monday, a prestigious team of international jurists and legal scholars released a report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) recommending the indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (along with three Hamas leaders) for war crimes. The angry reactions from President Joe Biden’s administration and Congressional leaders are not simply another defense of Israel’s war crimes, but an attack on international humanitarian law itself.
Biden denounced the report as “outrageous,” marking the first time in U.S. history a sitting president has openly sided with suspected war criminals against the ICC. And, despite nothing in the report questioning Israel’s right to self-defense, Biden insisted on pledging, “We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security.”