The EU Is Ready to Arrest Netanyahu

A protestor during a demonstration in Paris, France on May 27, 2024.

The EU Is Ready to Arrest Netanyahu

A prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (icc) requested an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 20. Whether his request will be granted remains to be seen, but the response of the European Union is something to behold.

Netanyahu is being accused of “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies, deliberately targeting civilians in conflict,” and more. The International Court of Justice is investigating Israel for war crimes, including genocide.

The Genocide Convention of 1948 defines genocide as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” The term was coined as result of the Nazis’ systematic murder of Jews during the Holocaust. But now the definition is being used to accuse Jews.

“These are ridiculous and demonstrably false accusations,” managing editor Richard Palmer wrote in “Israel and the Failure of International Law.” It is critical to understand how flawed the accusations are before analyzing Europe’s response (if you haven’t already, read his article to learn more).

Even the Biden administration, which has opposed Israel’s Gaza offensive and is very critical of Netanyahu, called the arrest warrant “outrageous.” Likely in a move to please voters, Biden said: “Whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence—none—between Israel and Hamas.”

All 27 EU member states have signed and ratified the Rome Statute of the icc and are thus subject to its jurisdiction. The EU website states that the icc is “the cornerstone in the fight against impunity and [helps] victims of atrocities to achieve justice.”

Many EU countries claim Israel as an ally. Would they arrest Netanyahu if he entered their country?

As it turns out, the EU as a whole and many of its member states are ready to arrest Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following the genocide accusation by the International Court of Justice and the demand for Israel to stop its offensive against terrorists, EU High Representative Josep Borrell wrote on May 26: “The respect of international law is not an option: Disregarding a decision of the icj will weaken the rules-based world order the EU supports and promotes everywhere.”

Concerning the icc’s arrest warrant, he posted on X on May 20:

I take note of the decision of the icc prosecutor to apply for warrants of arrest before Pre-Trial Chamber i of the International Criminal Court (icc) against Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif, Ismail Haniyeh, Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant.

The mandate of the icc, as an independent international institution, is to prosecute the most serious crimes under international law.

All states that have ratified the icc statutes are bound to execute the court’s decisions.

In other words, all EU member states have the obligation to arrest Netanyahu if the icc says so. But what do individual members states say?

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, was asked if the German government would execute an icc arrest order against Netanyahu. He answered, “Of course. Yes, we abide by the law.”

If the “law” says arrest Netanyahu, Germany will do it! How shameful for a country that executed the “laws” of a dictator in the execution of 6 million Jews.

Netanyahu is not a perfect leader, but he is the only one willing to fight against terrorists who have the stated goal of eradicating the Jews. Why would Germany be willing to arrest the only one willing to fight for the Jews?

We saw a similar response across Europe. The French Foreign Ministry said, “France supports the International Criminal Court, its independence, and the fight against impunity in all situations.”

Spain’s deputy prime minister welcomed the “good news” of the icc prosecutor’s request: “International law must apply to everyone. We have been calling for months for support for their investigation.”

The foreign minister of Ireland noted, “[I]t is vital that we respect the independence and impartiality of the icc.”

Belgium’s foreign affairs minister wrote: “Crimes committed in Gaza must be prosecuted at the highest level, regardless of the perpetrators.”

Austria and a few other countries expressed concern over the icc’s ruling, but it remains to be seen how these leaders will act when the time comes.

Israel has little hope for any form of justice. It is constantly attacked by terrorists, and the international community does everything to restrain Israel’s response. Still, many in Israel hope that the Germany that has committed itself to helping Israel after World War ii will turn it around.

As one of the icc’s largest funders, Germany has significant influence. Israel’s ambassador to Berlin, Ron Prosor, posted on X:

The chief prosecutor [of the icc] equates a democratic government with Hamas, thereby demonizing and delegitimizing Israel and the Jewish people. He has completely lost his moral compass. Germany has a responsibility to readjust this compass. This disgraceful political campaign could become a nail in the coffin for the West and its institutions. Do not let it come to that!

In a hopeless world, many Jews hope in Germany. Bible prophecy revealed that this would happen (Hosea 5:13). This prophecy is explained in detail in Jerusalem in Prophecy, by Gerald Flurry (all our literature is free).

But as Israel turns to Germany, God warns that Germany will “not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.” Instead, the Bible prophesies of a horrifying betrayal.

The only hope for justice in this world is turning to God.