Dutch FM Asks Israeli Ambassador to Explain Mossad Harassment Campaign Against ICC

Okay, so the ICC has no right to investigate Israel, including the leaders of the free world in Washington.

It’s against the rules-based order for the ICC to have jurisdiction over Israel. They can only have jurisdiction over non-Jewish countries, like Russia.


But does Israel have a right to engage in a complex espionage campaign against the ICC?

What are the rules there?

I guess we need to wait for the freedom lords in Washington to issue a statement.

The Guardian:

Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands was asked to “report” to the Dutch foreign affairs ministry to explain allegations of a secret surveillance and espionage campaign by Israeli spy services against the international criminal court, it has emerged.

Dutch officials asked to meet the ambassador, Modi Ephraim, to discuss concerns raised by a Guardian investigation that revealed Israeli intelligence agencies attempted over a nine-year period to undermine, influence and allegedly intimidate the ICC chief prosecutor’s office.

The meeting was disclosed by officials in response to questions raised in parliament by several Dutch MPs about the revelations, part of a joint investigation with the Israeli-Palestinian publication +972 Magazine and the Hebrew-language outlet Local Call.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the minister of foreign affairs said the Israeli ambassador “was requested to report at the [ministry] in connection with allegations made in the articles in the Guardian and +972”. They said a conversation was held “in which the concerns of the Netherlands have been expressed”.

The spokesperson declined to discuss details, citing the confidentiality of diplomatic conversations. Israel’s embassy in the Netherlands did not respond to a request for comment.

As the host state of the ICC, which is in The Hague, the Netherlands is obliged under an agreement with the court to protect the safety and security of ICC staff, and must ensure it is “free from interference of any kind”.

There is a difference between denying the authority of an international body and running a 9-year espionage campaign against it.

I guess the Mossad’s best explanation here would be “we run espionage campaigns against everyone.”