Israelis to sue Ahmadinejad for plotting to commit genocide
Group includes senior Likud MK Danny Naveh, ex-UN ambassador Dore Gold; report: Suit headed for The Hague.
A group of lawmakers and former Israeli diplomats plan to sue Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accusing him of conspiring to commit genocide, one of those involved said Monday.
Ahmadinejad recently said Israel should be wiped off the map and dismissed the Nazi Holocaust as a "myth."
Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, said Ahmadinejad's comments violate the 1948 U.N. Genocide Convention, to which Iran is a signatory.
"From our preliminary assessment, there's no question that Ahmadinejad violated the genocide convention, which specifically addresses the issue of incitement to genocide," Gold said.
Senior Likud MK and former cabinet minister Danny Naveh is also among those involved in the lawsuit.
Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported Monday that the suit would be filed in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherland.
Participants said the legal team was still looking for the best venue, and that the suit would only be filed in a few more months.
Palestinians have in the past filed lawsuits against Israeli leaders and generals, including former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, accusing them of committing war crimes. None of the lawsuits have ended in conviction, and the one against Sharon, filed in a Belgian court, was eventually thrown out.