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Germany to arrest Netanyahu if he visits country

The Chancellor's office confirms plans to arrest Netanyahu amidst ICC war crimes allegations

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Germany has confirmed it will arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he enters the country amidst allegations of war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

According to a report in the Daily Mail UK, the announcement came from Steffen Hebestreit, a spokesperson for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who stated that Germany would abide by the law and arrest Netanyahu if he visits the EU nation.

This decision follows British prosecutor Karim Khan's announcement of seeking warrants for Netanyahu, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas terror chiefs. Netanyahu has denounced the allegations as a distortion of reality and accused the prosecutor of fueling antisemitism.

Israel's Ambassador to Berlin, Ron Prosor, urged the German government to reject the ICC's proposed arrest warrant. The ICC's decision has stirred mixed reactions globally, with some supporting the investigation while others deem it unhelpful. Netanyahu and Israeli officials have fiercely condemned the ICC's move, calling it baseless and an assault on Israel's right to self-defense. Hamas has rejected the ICC's equivalence of Israel with Hamas leaders, emphasizing the need to cancel all arrest warrants against Palestinian resistance leaders.

Meanwhile, various countries have expressed differing opinions on the ICC's actions, with some supporting the investigation and others questioning its jurisdiction.

[With information from Daily Mail UK]

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