Let The Palestinians Go To The ICC

Believe it or not, a dictatorship government that has an alliance with an internationally-designated terrorist organization is taking a free democracy to the International Criminal Court. To quote Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof: “Unheard of! Absurd!”

But yet, the Palestinians’ case in the ICC is not unheard of, and to many, it does not seem absurd. Many Israelis fear what the outcome will be if Israel is convicted of war crimes. Many Palestinians fear what the outcome will be if the United States suspends aid to the Palestinian Authority for this unilateral move.

I, however, see a golden opportunity in the Palestinian ICC bid, and in many ways, I see it as beneficial for Israel if the ICC decides to accept this case and take legal action.

Let me explain why:

The Palestinian Authority is desperate, and it has a very poor case to present. For starters, it’s currently in an alliance with Hamas, which has been designated by the international community as a terrorist organization and seeks to destroy Israel. By the way, destroying countries is rather illegal.

Secondly, trying Israel, a free democracy, in the ICC for accused war crimes, the Palestinians will only get the opposite result they were hoping for.

There is only one army in the history of the world that notifies its enemy in advance about when and where it plans to strike. There is only one army in the history of the world that provides its enemy with food and electricity. There is only one army in the history of the world that shows its enemy’s civilians where they can go to take shelter and be safe.

This army isn’t the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, nor is it the Qassam Fighters Brigades. It’s none other than the Israel Defense Forces, who use all these methods in order to minimize civilian casualties on enemy lines.

Now, just try and imagine how humiliated the Palestinians will be when these facts are proven before the International Criminal Court. Only then will they realize that they actually give Israel a chance to demonstrate its moral ethics in front of the entire world. If Israel were to use this opportunity to make its case known to the world, you would have a good PR move right there.

But wait, there’s more.

Not only would it give Israel the opportunity to make known its own moral ethics in war, but by bringing this case before the ICC, Israel has the opportunity to expose Palestinian war crimes, and gets to do so in front of the international arena.

Hamas fires at Israeli civilians. That’s a war crime. Hamas hides behind its own civilians. That’s a war crime. Hamas has even shot dead its own civilians in public squares. That’s a war crime.

And who is currently in an alliance with this brutal terrorist organization? None other than Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, the ones filing this case in the ICC.

At the end of the day, I believe justice will be served, and the free democracy will be victorious over a terror alliance. Therefore, I say Israel should let the Palestinians go to the ICC. There is no better opportunity for Israel to turn the tables on the Palestinians, and emerge as the victors in the PR war.

About the Author
David Aaronson is a senior communications advisor to Danny Ayalon, former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States. He is currently studying for a degree in political science from Yeshiva University.