Published 01/27/2024 08:28 | Edited 01/27/2024 10:33
In response to the first decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which ordered this Friday (26) measures to “prevent genocide” in Gaza, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel will remain committed to the war “until the absolute victory.”
The country’s Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, criticized the International Court’s decision after the announcement of the first sentence on the case opened by South Africa, which accuses Israel of carrying out acts of genocide in the enclave.
“The decision of the anti-Semitic court in The Hague confirms what was already known: this court does not seek justice, but rather the persecution of the Jewish people,” said the minister. “They continue with the hypocrisy and take another step. The Hague is a disgrace!” he continued.
The reaction of Ben-Gvir, one of the country’s far-right leaders, and accused of being a racist and white supremacist, came shortly after The Hague hesitated by not ordering a ceasefire in Tel Aviv.
“We must continue to defeat the enemy until absolute victory is achieved,” Ben-Gvir added.
The minister is one of the leaders of Jewish Power, Israel’s main far-right party. Before entering politics, Ben-Gvir was convicted of crimes of inciting racism and supporting a terrorist organization (he was a disciple of the extremist rabbi Meir Kahane who was banned from the country’s parliament).
Ahead of the 2022 election, Ben-Gvir made headlines for his anti-Palestine speeches, including one occasion in which he brandished a pistol and encouraged police to open fire on Palestinian protesters.
According to the local press, Prime Minister Netanyahu had asked his ministers not to comment on the International Court’s decision.
In a public statement after the Hague decision, Netanyahu defended the continuation of the “just war” and declared that the ICJ acted correctly in “refusing the request to deprive us of the right to self-defense”.
“Like any country, Israel has the basic right to defend itself. The Court of The Hague has just rejected the outrageous demand to deprive us of this right,” said Netanyahu.
Since the Hamas attacks on October 7, which left 1,139 people dead in the territory of occupied Palestine, the Israeli army began a massive war plan that murdered 26,083 people in the Gaza Strip (of these, around 10,000 were children and 7,000 women ).
“Israel rejects the vile attempt to deny its right to defend itself and will continue to fight Hamas,” said the prime minister. “Israel’s commitment to international law is unwavering. Equally unwavering is our sacred commitment to continue defending our country and our people,” he continued.
“The claim that Israel perpetrates genocide against the Palestinian people is not only untrue, but also outrageous. Israel fights a just war against the monsters of Hamas”, concluded the leader of Zionism.
On the eve of the session that announced the first sentence on the accusation of genocide against Israel, the country’s army launched 21 attacks against the Gaza Strip in less than 24 hours, resulting in the deaths of 200 people, in addition to another 370 injuries.
Local authorities accused the Jewish state of completely paralyzing hospitals in the Khan Younis region. According to the broadcaster Al Jazeerathe Nasser hospital completely lost power amid intense fighting in the vicinity of the health unit.
According to the broadcaster, high-precision shooters (snipers, in English) shot Palestinians who were leaving al-Amal hospital. Residents of the al-Dahra neighborhood were forced to evacuate by the Israeli army.