WATCH: 'Prospect of ICC Charges Threatens Israelis More Than Palestinians'

Aeyal Gross, professor of law at Tel Aviv University, explains how the ICC will likely handle charges brought against Israelis and Palestinians, and whether joining the body will help or hinder the latter's efforts to achieve a state.

Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga interviews Aeyal Gross on the Palestinians' bid to join the ICC, Jan. 2015.
Aimee Amiga interviews Aeyal Gross on the Palestinians' bid to join the ICC, Jan. 2015.
Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga

The prospects of proceedings at the International Criminal Court in The Hague pose a greater risk to Israelis than Palestinians, Aeyal Gross, professor of law at Tel Aviv University, told Haaretz this week.

Compared to the risks already faced by Palestinians who are involved in, for example, killing Israeli civilians – namely being assassinated by Israel or tried in an Israeli military court – The Hague does not seem so risky, he told Aimee Amiga.

Watch the interview here:

"Whereas for Israelis who are suspected of killing Palestinian civilians, or settlements, which are against the ICC statute, there is a new risk here, as Israel has gotten more-or-less used to impunity from serious investigations into their actions," he said.

The application to the ICC could both help and hinder the Palestinians' efforts to establish a state, Gross told Haaretz.

"It could put pressure on Israel to realize [that it no longer can act] with complete impunity and that issues like settlements or the killing of civilians may come to the international court and put more pressure on the Israeli government to reach a deal," he said.

"On the other hand, it can also cause backlash among Israelis, as we have seen now from the response of the Netanyahu government," freezing Palestinian Authority tax revenue that Israel collects on its behalf, he said.

That could prompt the government to continue to drag its feet in negotiations, Gross said.

Gross also addressed issues including why Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership to the ICC despite the risk such a move poses to Palestinian leaders, and which Israelis are most likely to be targeted with legal proceedings.

Related videos:

WATCH: 'Israel must help rebuild Gaza to show its war was with Hamas, not Palestinians'

WATCH: Barak Ravid: Netanyahu now has big cannons in Congress to 'bomb' the White House



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN


FILE PHOTO: A Star of David hangs from a fence outside the dormant landmark Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood in 2021.

American Judaism Is in Decline. That's Great News for American Jews

Crowds at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport, in April.

U.S. Official: West Bank Entry for Palestinian Americans Unrelated to Israeli Visa Waivers

Haaretz spoke with several people who said they had fled Ukraine, arrived in Israel,  and were asked to undergo DNA tests in order to establish paternity.

'My Jewish Grandmother Has a Number on Her Arm, Why Does Israel Greet Me This Way?'

People taking part in the annual "March of the Living" to commemorate the Holocaust, between the former death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, four years ago.

It’s Not Just the Holocaust. Israel Is Failing to Teach the History of the Jews

 A Jewish cemetery in Warsaw, Poland.

Israel and Poland Fight Over History, Truth - and Israeli Students

A collage of the Bentwich family throughout the generations.

Unique Burial Plot in Jerusalem Tells Story of Extraordinary Jewish Dynasty