(Washington, D.C., June 12, 2020)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We commend U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his strong defense of close friend and ally Israel, in the face of spurious and politically motivated charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Jewish state regarding supposed war crimes.
In the wake of the announcement of a war crimes investigation of the United States and other nations into actions in Afghanistan, the White House announced its own sanctions against the ICC. Pompeo was clear in including ICC actions against Israel as additional reasoning for the administration’s actions against the criminal court. Pompeo noted that the ICC’s December decision to investigate Israel was also a factor in new sanctions against the ICC.
At a news conference today, Pompeo said: “Given Israel’s robust civilian and military legal system and strong track record of investigating and prosecuting wrongdoing by military personnel, it’s clear the ICC is only putting Israel in his crosshairs for nakedly political purposes.”
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