Bolton, who has been a ferocious opponent of the International Criminal Court, will likely be assuming his post just as the court opens its first ever investigation of United States conduct.
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A team from the ICC prosecutor's office (OTP) has begun a trip to Israel and the West Bank. Israel recently decided to allow the visit, something that had been in doubt previously (I've written here about the likely motives behind Israel's offer of limited cooperation). Invconveniently for Israel, the ICC delegation is arriving just as Israeli settlement activity is being harshly criticized, including by the United States. The ICC's initial probe will encompass settlement activity in the West Bank, which might be deemed a war crime.
An International Criminal Court investigation could change the UN Security Council's existing dynamic on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
France raises the stakes for Syrian officials by opening the world’s first criminal investigation into Syrian regime crimes.
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