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Rockets fired at Tel Aviv as Israeli war in Gaza rages: Live updates

5:38 a.m. ET, May 26, 2024

Analysis: Israel faces unprecedented challenges as legal and diplomatic pressure mounts

Analysis by Abbas Al Lawati

The Israeli legal team, consisting of Yaron Wax, Malcolm Shaw and Abigail Frisch Ben Avraham, waits for the judges to enter the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Friday.

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This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined the ranks of world leaders described as international outcasts when he became the target of the International Criminal Court, whose prosecutor is seeking to issue an arrest warrant against him and his Defense Minister Yoav Galant on suspicion of war crimes. And crimes against humanity during the Israeli war on Gaza.

Previously to the court Orders sought Against the likes of Omar al-Bashir in Sudan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.

On Friday, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to do so Stop immediately Israel said in a statement that the controversial military operation in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, said that the humanitarian situation there was “catastrophic” and was expected to “deteriorate further.”

Seven months after the Hamas attack on Israel, which killed about 1,200 people and took 250 hostages, Israel’s retaliatory war has failed to achieve its goals. Senior Hamas leaders remain at large, and 125 hostages are still being held in the Strip. Gaza is now in ruins, and more than 35,000 Palestinians were killed during the Israeli attack, according to the Ministry of Health in the Strip.

Pressure is increasing on Israel to end the war from all sides: American university campusesinternational courts, American celebritiesAnd Israel’s Western allies, and even the families of Israeli hostages.

Israeli officials are striving to contain the repercussions. They blamed the critics Anti-Semitism He pledged not to back down in the face of international pressure. “Even if Israel is forced to stand alone, We will stand aloneIn a fiery speech this month, Netanyahu declared that we will continue to strike our enemies hard until victory.

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