The Palestinian Authority has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in a move aimed at allowing an investigation of possible war crimes during the recent Gaza conflict, the court said.
The court can only investigate if asked by the UN Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction.
Only states can recognize the court and it is unclear if the Palestinians can do so.
Israel said the Palestinian move was bound to fail.
"The ICC charter is adhered to by sovereign states and the Palestinian Authority has not yet been recognized as one so it cannot be a member of the ICC," said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.