US condemns ICC war crimes probe of Israel as ‘tragic irony’

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday condemned as a “tragic irony” the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians.

“We strongly disagree with the ICC prosecutor’s action today,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement. “It is a tragic irony that Israel, which has withstood thousands of terrorist rockets fired at its civilians and its neighborhoods, is now being scrutinized by the ICC.”

Source: AFP