The International Criminal Court building
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A bipartisan group of US senators held a virtual meeting on Wednesday with senior officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to express their concern about possible arrest warrants being issued for Israeli leaders over the war in Gaza, Axios reported on Thursday, citing three sources who were in the meeting or briefed about it.

Sources with knowledge of the meeting between senators and senior ICC officials did not disclose the identity of the senators or the ICC officials, saying the meeting was confidential.

One source familiar with the meeting told Axios it was an opportunity for the senators to voice concerns about how the ICC investigation regarding the war in Gaza is being conducted.

The office of the ICC prosecutor said that "confidentiality is a crucial aspect of the work of the Prosecutor. Therefore, we do not publicly discuss specifics related to the Office's activities and engagements."

Israeli officials have grown increasingly concerned over the last two weeks that the ICC is preparing to issue arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi.

Israel has told the US that it has information suggesting Palestinian Authority (PA) officials are pressing the ICC prosecutor to issue arrest warrants against Israeli leaders, Israeli officials said, according to Axios.

On Wednesday, Axios reported that the Israeli government warned the Biden administration that if the ICC issues arrest warrants against Israeli leaders, it will take retaliatory steps against the PA that could lead to its collapse.

The issue of potential ICC arrest warrants came up during a call between Netanyahu and President Joe Biden this past Sunday, with Netanyahu asking Biden for help on the matter.

Earlier this week, it was reported that US Senators and members of Congress are working to prevent arrest warrants against senior Israelis, and plan to take steps against the ICC should such warrants be issued.