For Immediate Release

May 20, 2024

Contact: Taylor Haulsee

WASHINGTON — Speaker Johnson released the following statement after the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it would request arrest warrants for Israeli military and government officials, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The ICC has no authority over Israel or the United States, and today’s baseless and illegitimate decision should face global condemnation. International bureaucrats cannot be allowed to use lawfare to usurp the authority of democratic nations that maintain the rule of law.

“Israel is fighting a just war for survival, and the ICC is attempting to equate Israeli officials to the evil terrorists who perpetrated the October 7th massacre. It’s clear the ICC’s decision has been advanced due to the Biden Administration’s pressure campaign against Israel and its outlandish State Department investigations. In the absence of leadership from the White House, Congress is reviewing all options, including sanctions, to punish the ICC and ensure its leadership faces consequences if they proceed. If the ICC is allowed to threaten Israeli leaders, ours could be next.”


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