(AP/Seth Wenig)
Boris Johnson

“This investigation gives the impression of being a partial and prejudicial attack on a friend and ally of the UK,” the British prime minister declared.

By The Algemeiner

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a letter revealed Tuesday that the United Kingdom opposes the International Criminal Court investigation into alleged war crimes by Israel.

“We oppose the ICC’s investigation into war crimes in Palestine,” Johnson wrote in an April 9 letter to Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), a British pro-Israel parliamentary group affiliated with the Conservative Party.

“We do not accept that the ICC has jurisdiction in this instance, given that Israel is not a party to the Statute of Rome and Palestine is not a sovereign state. This investigation gives the impression of being a partial and prejudicial attack on a friend and ally of the UK,” he continued.

Johnson referred to previous letters sent by CFI urging the prime minister to condemn the opening of the ICC investigation, announced by the court on March 3 in a decision opposed by Israel, the United States and other allied nations.

He also cited the UK’s efforts to “reform” and “strengthen” the court, which is based in The Hague, Netherlands, referencing the recent election of two British nationals to serve in key positions there. In June, Karim Khan — a British lawyer currently heading a United Nations inquiry into war crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq — will replace Fatou Bensouda, the outgoing ICC chief prosecutor who is leading the investigation of Israel.

“We strongly welcome the Prime Minister’s confirmation of the UK’s opposition to the ICC’s controversial investigation,” said CFI Parliamentary Chairmen, Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP and Rt. Hon. The Lord Pickles, and CFI Honorary President Lord Polak in a statement.

“The investigation has rightly been condemned for giving ‘the impression of being a partial and prejudicial attack on a friend and ally.’ As the Prime Minister states, the ICC does not have jurisdiction and we support the UK’s decision to stand with Israel against the probe.”

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR - PLANT ISRAEL'S FIRST FRUITS!

ISRAELI FARMERS NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW

The Sabbatical Year (Shmita) is over! Israeli farmers did not plant for an entire year - now they'll plant DOUBLE! Order trees now and yours will be planted first.

SHARE IN THE BLESSING OF ISRAEL'S FIRST FRUITS!

“…I will ordain My blessing for you…” (Leviticus 25:4,21)

DOUBLE THE PLANTING - DOUBLE THE BLESSING. ORDER YOUR FRUIT TREES TODAY!