What to Expect as Palestinians Join the International Criminal Court
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
April 1, 2015
Matthew RJ Brodsky and Phyllis Bennis, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, join anchor Mike Walter on CCTV America to discuss the Palestinian move to join the International Criminal Court. Brodsky explains that the Palestinian ploy is designed to circumvent direct negotiations with Israel as they seek their version of legitimacy and justice at the expense of their statehood. There is no substitute for direct negotiations and Palestinian leaders have turned down mulitple Israeli offers for statehood. The ICC should have no jurisdiction over the matter and risks becoming yet another over-politicized UN body. Bennis believes the conflict should be internationalized and that Israel remaining a Jewish state is problematic.
For more on this topic, read: The Palestine 194 Plan for Legitimacy and Justice and Mahmoud Abbas and the Persistence of Palestinian Mythology.