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Egypt to submit arguments to ICJ on Israeli conduct toward Palestinians


Egypt to submit arguments to ICJ on Israeli conduct toward Palestinians

International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Joan Donoghue (C) speaks at the ICJ prior to the announcement of an initial ruling in the genocide case against Israel, brought by South Africa, in The Hague on January 26, 2024. PHOTO: AFP

Egypt will submit arguments to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) today on Israel’s conduct towards Palestinians.

Having warned Israeli intelligence of the October 7th attacks in advance, Egypt was considered one of the friendlier nations to the country leading up to the war. However, alongside other Middle Eastern nations namely Saudi Arabia, strives to improve bilateral relations with Israel have been put largely on hold following the outbreak of the war in Gaza. As the conflict threatens to escalate beyond the Gaza strip with plans for an offensive into Rafah, Israel has found itself increasingly diplomatically isolated both in the Middle East and among Western powers who traditionally take a more pro-Israel stance.

Most notably, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a ceasefire and US President Joe Biden called for a temporary truce in the fighting. The arguments put forward today by Egypt are likely to increase pressure on Israel in the global community and further contribute to its diplomatic isolation. In the longer term pressure especially by Western nations may force Israel to the negotiation table if for example, countries such as the US cease or reduce the supply of arms to Israeli forces.

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