Germany's President: ICC is not authorized to investigate with Israel

President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that his country believed that the International Criminal Court (ICC) was not authorized to investigate Israel for its attacks in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

"The position of Germany's government was that the International Criminal Court had no jurisdiction there," Steinmeier said to Haaretz. 

He added that it was a matter of Karim  Ahmed Khan, the new prosecutor, to decide how to conduct the investigations, in compliance with the legal framework that controls his state. 

He believed that establishing the Palestinian State and determining the regional borders cannot be achieved only through the direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis. 

"The dramatic escalated violence in May confirmed that this conflict will not disappear and cannot be neglected," he added. 

He also called for building the trust between the new Israeli leadership and the Palestinians, noting that resuming the direct discussions about the big issues is a goal that cannot be reached except through small steps and concrete cooperation. 

Source : Safa