Hungary backs Israel in fight against ICC war crimes probe

Hungary has expressed official support for Israel’s rejection of the International Criminal Court’s intention to launch a probe into alleged Israeli war crimes against Palestinians.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz recently received a letter from his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó in which the latter expressed his support for the Israeli stance that the ICC does not have the jurisdiction to conduct investigations in Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

With its backing, Hungary joins the United States and Australia, which have both sided with the Israeli claims regarding a potential investigation. Germany, too, has sounded reserved support for Jerusalem’s resistance to the probe.

“The Hungarian Government has always highly appreciated the principle and value of national sovereignty … We believe that your position with regard to the lack of jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in the given case is justified,” Szijjártó wrote.

In a statement, Katz expressed his gratitude and appreciation for Hungary’s position, which is “in line with the values of law and justice, as well as with the excellent relations between the two states.”

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