Washington: Hamas Responsible for Renewed Rocket Fire, U.S. Would Veto Moves Against Israel for Alleged War Crimes

(Times of Israel) Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The U.S. views Hamas as responsible for the violation of a temporary truce in Gaza and condemned the renewed rocket fire, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Tuesday. "Hamas has security responsibility for Gaza," she said, and reiterated that the U.S. supports Israel's right to defend itself against terror attacks from Gaza. Harf had harsh words for Palestinian attempts to bring war crimes allegations against Israel through membership in the International Criminal Court. She warned that if PA President Mahmoud Abbas seeks ICC recognition for the Palestinian Authority, it "would undermine what Palestinians are trying to achieve." Even if the Palestinians were to seek to refer Israel to the ICC, she said, she "personally cannot imagine a scenario in which the U.S. would not veto" any Security Council vote to refer Israel to the ICC for a war crimes investigation.

2014-08-20 00:00:00

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