Cotton Slams ICC’s Targeting Of Netanyahu As ‘Outrageous Moral Equivalence’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has condemned the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its decision to pursue Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, labeling it as “an outrageous moral equivalence.”

Speaking on FNC’s “Special Report,” Cotton criticized the Biden administration’s response to the ICC’s actions, expressing disappointment in its failure to refute what he deemed as baseless claims against Israel.

Cotton expressed his concerns, stating, “It’s an outrageous moral equivalence, which the president acknowledged that tells you how far to the left the International Criminal Court has gone.” He highlighted the Biden administration’s failure to challenge the ICC’s allegations, particularly regarding accusations that Israel intentionally targeted civilians or sought to harm children.

The senator emphasized his legislative efforts to sanction the ICC and its prosecutors, citing past instances where American soldiers had been targeted by the court. Cotton asserted that the ICC’s actions were unjustified and necessitated a robust response from Congress to protect American interests and allies.

“The civilian suffering happening in Gaza, which is real, is happening solely because of Hamas [which] is using those civilians as human shields or props for international political strategies,” he said. “I do have legislation that would impose sanctions on this rogue prosecutor and those in his office who have not just targeted Prime Minister Netanyahu now but also in the past targeted American soldiers as well. We’re working with the Republican leadership in the House to try to pass that bill promptly and hopefully force Chuck Schumer’s hand to bring it up in the Senate, because he also condemned the International Criminal Court today.”

Cotton also declared that the ICC is “a rogue court,” arguing that the only reason Congress is contemplating pursuing sanctions against the court is because President Joe Biden “reversed Donald Trump’s decision to sanction this very office and this very court in the past.”

“This is a rogue court that Congress has previously given the president power to stand up to. Joe Biden hasn’t used that power. Donald Trump did,” he added.

The ICC’s recent move to request arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant over alleged war crimes in Gaza has drawn sharp criticism from Israel. Netanyahu condemned the decision as a “moral outrage of historic proportions,” rejecting what he described as a “twisted and false moral equivalence” between Israeli leaders and Hamas terrorists.

Netanyahu vehemently denied the ICC’s allegations, reaffirming Israel’s commitment to defending itself against Hamas aggression while adhering to international law. He accused ICC prosecutor Karim Khan of exacerbating global antisemitism by targeting Israel and undermining its right to self-defense.

In response to the ICC’s actions, Netanyahu affirmed Israel’s resolve to continue its fight against Hamas, pledging to uphold its obligations under international law while protecting its citizens from terrorist threats.