Republican lawmakers pressure Biden admin to sanction ICC if it issues arrest warrant for Netanyahu

 May 8, 2024

The woke International Criminal Court (ICC) is reportedly preparing warrants to go after top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, regarding their handling of Israel's self-defense counterattack in Gaza. 

According to Fox News, that won't happen if Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX), and Brian Mast (R-FL) have anything to do with it.

The two Republican lawmakers are heading up a pressure campaign on the Biden administration to level sanctions on the ICC should it decide to go after Netanyahu or U.S. allies that do not fall under its jurisdiction.

The two Republicans are pressuring the Biden at the highest level, which includes a bill called the The Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act.

The bill

The legislation is already growing legs, as it has 15 Republican co-sponsors, including House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Republican Study Committee Chair Kevin Hern (R-OK).

Fox News described the bill:

According to legislative text obtained by Fox News Digital, it would force Biden to sanction an ICC-related entity or person "no later than 60 days after the enactment of this Act, if the International Criminal Court is engaging in any attempt to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any protected person."

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Roy explained why it's important for the Biden administration to reverse its stance and be ready to go after the ICC.

"The ICC is an illegitimate court that represents a massive threat to U.S. sovereignty. The Trump administration was right to impose sanctions on the associates of the ICC if they dare go after U.S. citizens, service members, or our allies," Roy told the outlet.

He added, "Biden's decision to reverse that policy was weak, embarrassing, and wrong."

"If the ICC goes after our allies, there will be consequences," Roy insisted.

Mast doubles down

Rep. Mast held nothing back in threatening the ICC should it choose to take action against top officials not included in its jurisdiction.

"We may not recognize you, but you sure as hell will recognize what happens when you target America or its allies," Mast said.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), a co-sponsor of the bill, said of the ICC, "This double standard is an abuse of power by the ICC and exposes their irrelevance."

She also accused the ICC of running "a campaign to undermine the only democracy in the Middle East, while turning a blind eye to the numerous human rights atrocities committed by Hamas."

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