ICC calls for the arrest of Israel's democratically elected PM

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Tonight on The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra discusses the shocking move by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which has called for the arrest of Israel’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The concept of an international court is often hailed as a globalist ideal, but it challenges the very foundation of national sovereignty. Such a court implies a higher authority beyond individual countries, often appearing biased against those who oppose progressive agendas. Notably, leaders like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un remain untouched by such legal actions, while Western allies like Israel and the United States face frequent scrutiny.

Recently, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan announced the court’s intention to prosecute Netanyahu. Khan’s statements reveal a troubling bias: he referred to Israel merely as a territory while recognizing Palestine as a nation-state. This perspective underscores a longstanding issue with international bodies like the United Nations, which frequently criticize Israel.

The backdrop to this development is the escalating wave of antisemitism, the worst since the Holocaust. The October 7th attack was the most violent pogrom against Jews since World War II. Given this context, the ICC’s decision appears not just legally questionable but morally outrageous.

The Israeli government recently released a harrowing video of Hamas terrorists attacking young women, a stark reminder of the brutality faced by Israelis. The footage, taken by Hamas themselves, is a grim testament to the violence that ignited this conflict.

Globally, reactions to the ICC’s decision have varied. While it’s unlikely that Netanyahu will travel to countries where he risks arrest, three nations—Spain, Norway, and Ireland — have openly supported the ICC’s stance.

These countries also officially recognized Palestine as a state. Ireland’s stance is particularly notable, as it draws a flawed parallel between its own historical struggles and the Palestinian cause. However, the true analogy lies with Israel, the indigenous people of the Holy Land, much like the Irish in Ireland.

Spain’s support for Palestine is intriguing, given its own internal conflicts with regions like Catalonia seeking independence. Norway’s position is similarly perplexing. Historically, all three nations maintained neutrality or even sympathized with Nazi Germany during World War II. Their current stance may reflect lingering biases rather than a commitment to justice.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly remained conspicuously silent for a day after the ICC’s announcement. The United States, however, firmly opposed the decision, highlighting Canada’s weak stance.

After much delay, Trudeau condemned the ICC’s equivalence of Israel with terrorist groups like Hamas but did not explicitly oppose the arrest warrant for Netanyahu. This half-baked response aligns with Trudeau’s pattern of navigating political minefields without making definitive statements.

The world’s current leadership, particularly in the West, seems to lack the fortitude to stand against such injustices. As Israel continues its struggle against groups like Hamas, it must also contend with the insidious judicial and diplomatic attacks from international bodies.

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