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Palestinian Authority welcomes ICJ ruling: Report

The Palestinian Authority welcomed the decision on Friday from the International Court of Justice, saying it represents an international consensus to end the war on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told Reuters news agency.

South Africa welcomes ‘stronger’ ICJ order on Israel

South Africa has welcomed the International Court of Justice order to Israel to halt its offensive in the Gaza city of Rafah, and urged UN member states to back it. “I believe it’s a much stronger, in terms of wording, set of provisional measures, very clear call for a cessation,” Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor told public broadcaster SABC.

PM Netanyahu to convene emergency meeting with key ministers

Diplomatic sources told Israel’s Channel 13 that Prime Minister Netanyahu will convene an emergency meeting. Foreign Minister Israel Katz, war cabinet minister Benny Gantz and the government’s judicial adviser will be in the meeting.

This is how seriously they are taking this ruling.

The first reaction to the ruling came from Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who is one of the far-right members of the coalition. He said that those who demand that the state of Israel stop the war, demand that it decree itself to cease to exist. “We will not agree to that,” he said. He added: “We continue to fight for ourselves and for the entire free world. History will judge who today stood by the Nazis of Hamas and ISIS.”

We are hearing from political sources speaking to local media that Israel will not respond to the decision of the court, both politically or militarily. It is already holding under the table talks with the US for it to veto the resolution at the UN Security Council.

So Smotrich defines Israel's existence on the continued extermination of Palestinians, no war no Israel.

ICJ and ICC moves deal ‘one-two legal punch’ to Israel

The ICJ has stepped up to confront the reality of the escalation in the Gaza Strip, according to war crimes prosecutor Reed Brody.

“These are very specific orders; stop the offensive on Rafah, open the border crossing, allow in the fact-finding missions. There’s not a lot of wiggle room here,” he told Al Jazeera. “I’m really impressed, first of all by South Africa’s tenacity and perseverance and coming back to the court. And the court has responded almost unanimously, including all of the Western judges, who have really been as radical as reality.”

Brody said South Africa has been asking since the start of the war on Gaza for an order for Israel to stop its military offensive, with the court saying it cannot make a move because Hamas and the Palestinian side is not present on the stand.

“But that’s what they have finally chosen to do here and it’s a testament to this court and what it does. Together with the decision by the ICC prosecutor [to recommend arrest warrants against top Israeli officials], it is a real one-two legal punch.”

Yet it still all depends on the USA whether it will have any effect. The UNSC is meeting as well today. With the US veto and continued 'ironclad support' of Israel, Netanyahu will most likely continue on. It will be up to Europe to sanction Israel.

Hamas welcomes ICJ ruling, but wants halt order for all of Gaza

The Palestinian group says in a statement that it welcomes the ICJ rulings as the Israeli army continues to commit “massacres” in the Gaza Strip. But Hamas said it expected the court to issue an order for Israel to stop its military operations throughout the besieged enclave, not just in Rafah.

“What is happening in Jabalia and other governorates of the Strip is no less criminal and dangerous than what is happening in Rafah.”

“We call on the international community and the United Nations to pressure the occupation to immediately comply with this decision and to seriously and genuinely proceed in translating all UN resolutions that force the zionist occupation army to stop the genocide it has been committing against our people for more than seven months.”

They have a point. Move a million people back into Rafah and continue killing off those that remain in the North? Still not ordering a ceasefire. The UNSC did, but was ignored. This will likely also be ignored by Israel and the USA.