Senior US officials: Palestinian referral of Israel to ICC unlikely while talks last

Officials suggest ICC issue was addressed before talks began, but caution there are no guarantees on the topic.

July 30, 2013 23:40
1 minute read.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni at a press conference, July 30

Livni and Erekat 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


WASHINGTON - Senior officials from the White House and State Department said that Palestinian action against Israel at the United Nations is highly unlikely so long as negotiations continue.

While not explicitly saying that the Palestinian Authority had agreed to cease its campaign at the UN, the officials suggested referral to the International Criminal Court was addressed before talks began Tuesday in Washington.

"It's no secret that one of the motivating factors, I think for everybody, was to avoid that sort of train wreck that would have happened if we weren't able to get negotiations started," a senior White House official told reporters.

"No guarantees of anything," he added, when asked about Palestinian threats to refer Israel to the ICC, but "so long as this process is moving forward, I think the risk of that sort of thing are reduced if not entirely eliminated."

The parties have agreed to negotiate over a period of nine months with the goal of reaching a final status peace agreement between two independent states.

A senior State Department official added, "the parties have agreed to take affirmative steps to create a positive atmosphere for negotiations," in responding to actions at the UN. "And both sides are going to take that very seriously."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN