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May 20, 2024

‘Outrageous’ – Biden condemns ICC prosecutor’s request for arrest of Netanyahu

‘Outrageous’ - Biden condemns ICC prosecutor’s request for arrest of Netanyahu

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

President of the United States, Joe Biden, has criticised the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor, Karim Khan over his request for arrest warrants against the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Describing Khan’s request as “outrageous”, Biden reiterated his support for Netanyahu, adding that there is no “equivalence between Israel and Hamas.”

Vanguard reported earlier on Monday that Khan wanted the Israeli PM and Hamas leaders to be arrested for war crimes in Gaza.

He held that Israeli and Hamas leaders should be held accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity from at least 7 October 2023.

Reacting to the ICC prosecutor’s request, Biden, in a statement, said, “The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous.”

“And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence – none – between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security,” he added.