Israel denounces ICC decision on jurisdiction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to clear the way for an investigation against the Jewish state on alleged war crimes, and called the move “pure anti-semitism”.

“We will fight this perversion of justice,” Netanyahu said in a recorded statement on Saturday.

The ICC’s decision on Friday came after lengthy deliberations, prompted by a Palestinian request to probe Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, reports Xinhua news agency. Welcomed by the Palestinians, the decision by the court says that it has jurisdiction to investigate events that have occurred in territories in the West Bank and Gaza.