First, Israel got offended after the United Nations summoned an international commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed during the military onslaught “Operation Protective Edge.” The country responded with outrage, dismissing the tribunal as a U.N. Human Rights Council "kangaroo court."
However, when it was announced that the State of Palestine will join the ICC on April 1, 2015, Israel got even more outraged, so much so that it is now lobbying through other member states to cut ICC’s funding, according to its foreign minister.
“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 told Israel Radio.
"We will demand of our friends in Canada, in Australia and in Germany simply to stop funding it. This body represents no one. It is a political body," he added, saying he will discuss the issue with Canadian counterpart John Baird who will be visiting this week.
Although it’s not the first time Israel has refused to agree with the U.N. and its decisions, what’s more worrying is the fact that the United States is supporting this decision which, by the way, goes completely against the rules of democracy.
U.S. senators, including Lindsey Graham, Robert Mendez and Rand Paul, are actively working to slash aid to Palestine. The State Department even called Palestine's move to join the ICC “counterproductive,” arguing it will “badly damage the atmosphere [for Palestinians] with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace [the Israelis]."
The support for Israel’s call to cut funding for the ICC as well as Palestine will definitely put the U.S. in an awkward position since it is the so-called world champion of democracy and human rights.
ICC prosecutors are set to investigate "in full independence and impartiality" crimes that may have taken place in the Palestinian territories following the Israeli military offensive last summer, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.
Israel’s refusal to cooperate – and the United States’ unconditional support – only goes to show that both the allies have something to hide.