Following the close of the probe in 2014, ICC request to reopen probe; Netanyahu: Our soldiers will continue to protect us in the field and we will defend them in the international arena.
The International Criminal Court of The Hague has requested to reopen the probe on the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in which Turkish activists attempted to illegally enter the Gaza Strip. IDF forces were forced to board the vessel and were attacked by activists which resulted in the death of nine activists and injury of several IDF soldiers.
On Thursday, the ICC sent a request to reopen the probe of the Mavi Marmara flotilla to ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda who closed the case against Israel in November of 2014. The probe was closed in November of 2014 when the court decided there was “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court were committed.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the request, stating, “At a time when Assad in Syria is slaughtering tens of thousands of his own people, when Iran is executing hundreds and Hamas in Gaza is using children as human shields, the court chooses to deal with Israel for cynical political reasons. Against this hypocrisy, our soldiers will continue to protect us in the field and we will defend them in the international arena.”
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely also addressed the ICC’s attempts stating, “The Hague court already ruled that no war crimes were committed on the Marmara. It’s very puzzling to me why the International Criminal Court would decide to open a probe into soldiers who defended themselves against brutal attacks by terrorists aboard the Marmara. There are Palestinian actors who are trying all the time to incite international bodies against Israel. I hope those same bodies will be able to identify the incitement and not help it along.”