Israel slams Germany for saying it would arrest, deport Netanyahu if ICC issues warrant

A German spokesperson responded ‘ofcourse’ when asked if Berlin would comply with a potential ICC order. The spokesman of the PM replied that’many people need to check their ethical compass.

Israel has slammed the statement of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that Berlin will arrest and deport Benjamin Netanyahu, if an arrest warrant is issued by the International Criminal Court.

“I’m old enough to recall the German leader who came here days after the 7th of October and declared that Hamas were the new Nazis. They want to commit genocide on the Jews. Avi Hyman, a government spokesperson told Fox News that many people in the world should check their moral compass to be on the right-side of history. Netanyahu, and not Scholz, said that “Hamas is the new Nazis”, during Scholz’s visit to Israel.

Steffen Hebestreit, German spokesman, responded “Of Course” when asked Wednesday if Berlin would implement a possible ICC arrest warrant. We do follow the law.


Ron Prosor – Israel’s Ambassador to Germany – also condemned the statement on X (formerly Twitter).

He wrote: “This is outrageous!” “The public declaration that Israel has the rights to self-defense is undermined if we are bound by our own hands as soon as they defend themselves.”

Prosor said that Germany’s “Staatsrason”, a term which refers to Israel’s safety as one of its “reason of State,” is “being tested.”

Karim Khan, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, “equates Hamas with a democratic government and thus demonizes and delegitimizes Israel and its Jewish people.” He has lost his moral compass. Germany must readjust its moral compass,” Prosor said.

Khan announced this week that he would seek arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Defense minister Yoav Galant, accusing them of “causing extermination or starvation in war, including denial of humanitarian aid supplies, intentionally targeting civilians during conflict.”

Khan announced that he would seek warrants against Yahya Deif, Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas. He said that they would face charges of extermination and murder, as well as hostage-taking, sexual assault, rape and sex abuse.

Israel has rejected the accusations, accusing the court of implicitly comparing Israeli leaders with Hamas terrorists.

Germany was one of the many allies who spoke against Khan’s remarks. It said that obtaining arrest warrants for Hamas leaders is logical, and there can be no comparisons with Israel’s defense and prime minister. Steffen Seibert, the German ambassador to Israel, also stated that Germany respects the independence and procedures of ICC.

Israel was planning to host Khan in recent weeks in order to show him the process of making decisions in an effort to stop him from requesting arrest warrants against Israeli officials. However, his announcement on Sunday caught them by surprise.

Hamas launched an unprecedented attack against Israel on 7 October, in which terrorists ravaged southern Israel, killing 1,200 people, mainly civilians, and committing systematic acts of sexual violence. Also, they took 252 hostages.

Israel responded by launching a ground invasion in Gaza, with the stated intention of dismantling Hamas to get the hostages returned.

Hamas’ Gaza Health Ministry says that more than 35,000 people have died or are presumed to be dead as a result of the fighting, but only 24,000 deaths have been reported in hospitals. This toll is not verifiable as it does no distinguish between terrorists or civilians. It includes the 15,000 terror operatives Israel claims it has killed during battle.

Israel claims to have killed 1,000 terrorists in Israel on October 7th.

IDF reports 286 soldiers killed in the offensive against Hamas on the ground and during operations along the Gaza border. In the Gaza Strip, a civilian contractor for the Defense Ministry was also killed.