“We expect the International Criminal Court to reject the hypocritical [Palestinian ICC membership] request on the ground that Palestinian Authority is not a state. It is an entity, aligned with the terrorist organization Hamas,” Netanyahu said.
In response to the Palestinian move, Netanyahu said Wednesday he will take all the steps necessary to defend Israeli soldiers from potential prosecution.
On Tuesday, the UN Security Council rejected the Palestinian statehood resolution, with eight nations, including Russia, supporting the document, the United States and Australia voting against it and five countries abstaining. In order to be adopted by the Security Council, a resolution must be backed by at least nine countries including all five permanent Security Council representatives.