Israel takes Turkish post-Palmer report threats in stride

September 3, 2011 22:57

Turkey's threat to take Israel to the International Court of Justice in The Hague following Friday's release of the Palmer Commission Report is a "pistol firing blanks," Israeli officials said Saturday, pointing out that the court only adjudicates issues brought to it by two disputing states, or referred to it for an advisory decision from the UN.

Israel won't agree to go to the ICJ, the official said, and the UN will be hard pressed to ask for an advisory opinion after a UN body, the Palmer Commission, found that the blockade of Gaza was legal, as was Israel's interception of vessels trying to break it.

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