Israeli Occupation receives three heavy blows within days

Palestine

Published: 2024-05-25 11:55

Last Updated: 2024-06-24 13:05


Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu

The Israeli Occupation has recently faced three significant diplomatic setbacks, which, while not drastically altering the situation on the ground, increase international pressure and further its isolation.

These "three blows" include actions by the International Criminal Court (ICC), three European nations, and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), all coinciding with the ongoing 232-day aggression in Gaza and continued attacks in the occupied West Bank by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and settlers.

Although Israeli Occupation repeatedly claims these diplomatic moves will not affect its actions on the ground, they amplify pressure, especially as the number of Palestinian casualties in Gaza reaches approximately 36,000.

- A Series of Diplomatic Blows -

On Monday, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan sought arrest warrants for Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant, accusing them of crimes such as "starvation," "premeditated murder," and "genocide" in Gaza.

Netanyahu dismissed the prosecutor's request with disdain.

While the warrants would technically obligate the 124 ICC member states to arrest the accused if they travel there, enforcement relies on member states' cooperation.

- Recognition by European Countries -

Spain, Norway, and Ireland announced their recognition of a Palestinian state on May 28, urging other European countries to follow.

They expressed hope that their decision would hasten efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza, ongoing since October 2023.

These countries recognize a Palestinian state with borders based on pre-1967 lines, with Jerusalem as the capital for both Israeli Occupation and Palestine, although they acknowledged that final boundaries might be subject to future negotiations.

- International Court of Justice Ruling -

On Friday, the ICJ ordered Israeli Occupation to halt its military operations in Rafah, southern Gaza, in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israeli Occupation of genocide.

The court also instructed Israeli Occupation to open the Rafah crossing to allow humanitarian aid and permit investigators access to Gaza, demanding a progress report within a month.

Despite lacking enforcement mechanisms, the ruling underscores Israeli Occupation's growing international isolation, particularly since its recent offensive in Rafah, opposed even by its ally, the United States.