The IDF has responded to the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that it has jurisdiction over Palestinian Authority-assigned territories.
The Friday ruling paves the way for the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to fulfill her intention to open a full investigation into alleged Israeli "war crimes."
"The IDF and the Chief of the General Staff regret the decision of the International Criminal Court," the army said in a statement. "The State of Israel’s position is that this is a biased and prejudiced decision which steps beyond the ICC’s jurisdiction."
"The IDF has determinedly defended, and will continue to defend, the security of Israel and its citizens in the face of every threat, while adhering fully to the IDF Code of Ethics, the values of the IDF, and national and international law.
"The IDF fully supports and will continue to support its soldiers in active and reserve service, who courageously and devotedly act to safeguard and protect the State of Israel and its citizens," the official statement added, emphasizing that, "the IDF is ready to provide all and any support and assistance which may be required by its soldiers and commanders."