Palestine Considers ICC Complaint Against US Envoy Friedman

6/9/2019

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates is considering filing a complaint against the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his recent comments on the long-awaited U.S. peace plan.

Friedman, a staunch supporter of Israeli settlements, said Israel has the right to annex at least "some" of the occupied West Bank in an interview published by the New York Times on Saturday.

Friedman's remarks elicited a strong reaction from Palestinian politicians. In a press statement on Sunday, the ministry condemned Friedman's remarks, describing him as "a threat to regional peace and security" and his words as "an extension of the policy of the U.S. administration, which is fully biased towards the occupation and its expansionist colonial policies."

Publication of the Trump administration's peace plan is set to be delayed after the Israeli parliament called a snap general election for September, the second this year.

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