SHAFAQNA – Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into the regime’s war crimes in Palestinian territories, officials said on Sunday.
ICC prosecutors said on Friday they would examine “in full independence and impartiality” the Israeli crimes since June 13 last year, Reuters reported.
The decision came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas requested ICC membership, which comes into effect on April 1.
Israel, which like the United States does not belong to the ICC, hopes to dent funding for the court that is drawn from the 122 member-states in accordance with the size of their economies, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday.
“We will demand of our friends in Canada, in Australia and in Germany simply to stop funding it (ICC),” he told Israel Radio.