February, 23, 2024
U.S. Backs Palestinian State; Gaza Conflict Heads to ICC

U.S. Backs Palestinian State; Gaza Conflict Heads to ICC

Infostani International: Recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict underscore the U.S. push for a Palestinian state to address security and reconstruction challenges. Israel’s objection, Mexico and Chile referring the matter to the ICC, and ongoing U.S. support for Israel mark key highlights in this complex situation.

U.S. State Department and Israeli Disagreements on Palestinian Statehood, Plus ICC Referral by Mexico and Chile

US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller stated that solving Israel’s long-term security challenges in the region and the short-term challenges of rebuilding Gaza requires the establishment of a Palestinian state. Miller emphasized that Israel currently has an opportunity, as regional countries are ready to provide security assurances. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a press conference, objected to any Palestinian statehood that does not guarantee Israel’s security. Netanyahu insisted on Israel having security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River, even though the US maintains that a two-state solution is the only feasible path to lasting peace in the region.

Despite the disagreement, Miller stressed that US support for Israel remains ironclad. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken brought a rough agreement to Israel, indicating that predominantly Muslim neighbors would assist in Gaza’s rehabilitation and economic integration with Israel if it committed to eventually allowing the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Talks on a Palestinian state collapsed almost a decade ago, but the US sees the current situation as an opportunity for Israel.

U.S. Backs Palestinian State; Gaza Conflict Heads to ICC
Mexico, Chile Refer Gaza Conflict to ICC over Potential Crimes

Mexico and Chile Refer Israel-Hamas Conflict to ICC Amid Rising Concerns

In another development, Mexico and Chile expressed growing concern over the escalation of violence in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Both countries referred the matter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for potential crimes. Mexico’s foreign ministry stated that the ICC is the appropriate forum to establish criminal responsibility, citing numerous reports from the United Nations detailing incidents that could constitute crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Chile’s Foreign Minister, Alberto van Klaveren, expressed interest in supporting the investigation into possible war crimes. Israel, not recognizing the ICC’s jurisdiction, rejected the accusations of genocide presented before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by South Africa, which demanded an emergency suspension of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.