Israel to Brief Hundreds of Defense Officials, Fearing They May Be Arrested After ICC Ruling

Israel had prepared a confidential list of past and present officials who might be wanted by the international court, in the wake of decision on possible war crimes ■ Officials say several member states have agreed to warn Israel of any plan to arrest Israelis

Yaniv Kubovich
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Hundreds of senior Israeli security officials, past and present, are expected to be called in for briefings following a decision by the International Criminal Court in The Hague that allows investigations of alleged war crimes by Israel to proceed, fearing they may be arrested abroad.

In July, Haaretz reported that Israel had prepared a confidential list of decision makers and senior military and security officials who might be arrested abroad if the ICC authorized the investigation by the international court. Israel is keeping the list strictly confidential over concern that exposing it could put the people on the list at risk.