New legislation against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague is being advanced at the Knesset, and would allow Israel to use all means necessary in defending U.S. and Israeli troops from the global tribunal.
It would be the first legislation of its kind by a foreign state that authorizes the use of its own forces to defend American servicemen and women.
The news comes in the wake of sanctions imposed by the U.S. on senior ICC officials, including chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (pictured), on charges of “illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction.”
Bensouda is currently leading separate ICC war crime probes against the U.S. and Israel, both of which are not its member states.
The law, which has support from across the Israeli political spectrum, would prevent the Israeli government from cooperating with the court and bar entry to ICC employees into the country.
It protects Israeli residents and servicemembers,