Israeli minister slams Jordan over war crime lawsuit
Under the threat of legal proceedings against Israel in the International Criminal Court in The Hague following the war in Gaza Strip, a top Israeli minister made stern statements against Jordan. Israel's Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter on Tuesday commented on reports that Jordanian MPs planned to file a lawsuit against himself and other Israeli officials for alleged war crime carried out during the Gaza offensive.
"There is no greater hypocrisy than a country that just 39 years ago, during Black September in 1970, murdered 10,000 of its Palestinian residents – dealing with international crimes today," Dichter was quoted as saying by Ynet.
"Jordan will not be the one to teach Israel what combat morals are," the Israeli minister added.
Earlier it was reported that the Chairman of the Jordanian Parliament's Legal Committee, Mubarak Abu Yameen al-Abadi, is scheduled to meet with The Hague's attorney general on Thursday and file a petition to prosecute heads of the State of Israel for war crimes. The Jordanian MP will demand Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai and Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi stand trial. The MPs claimed that these officials were "the main forces behind the war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip".