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Thursday, 19 April 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Situation in Gaza Strip

  Péter Niedermüller (S&D), in writing. – We need a resolution which is as balanced as possible. Therefore, I am deeply convinced that a third-party investigation is not acceptable. Israel has an excellent record of investigating its own military actions and drawing the necessary conclusions to redress any exceptions to the proper implementation of its legitimate right to self-defence. Israel itself is also a vibrant democracy and the army’s activity is a constant source of healthy public and political debate which itself contributes to the necessary oversight. To call for an independent investigation, even before the IDF has completed its own inquiry, is therefore at the very least premature and implies a grave accusation against a friendly country: namely, that its democratic process cannot possibly be trusted. The notion of a possible ICC inquiry is particularly unjustified. Given the legal principle of complementarity under the Rome Statute, the ICC can only initiate cases when a state to whom an alleged perpetrator belonged was unwilling or unable to act. In the case of Israel, that criteria has not been met because Israel has a proven track record of investigating its own military and is, as mentioned, in the process of investigating the recent events.

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