Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to convene with senior legal officials and government ministers this Thursday to strategize ahead of the International Court of Justice’s imminent ruling on the Gaza war, as reported by Army Radio. The meeting, scheduled at the Israel Defence Forces’ headquarters in Tel Aviv, aims to prepare for the court’s decision on South Africa’s genocide charges against Israel, currently under deliberation in The Hague.
There’s a looming possibility that the justices may issue an emergency ruling to either cease or restrict the ongoing war against Hamas. The conflict erupted with Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on October 7, resulting in the tragic death of at least 1,200 people. Presently, 136 individuals, comprising men, women, children, soldiers, and foreigners, are held captive in Gaza by Hamas, while others remain unaccounted for as Israeli authorities work to identify bodies and search for human remains.
Destroying Hamas as a political and military organization in Gaza, obtaining the release of captives, and making sure Gaza is no longer a threat to Israel are among Israel’s declared military goals in the area. As tensions increase in anticipation of the court’s ruling, the whole community keeps a careful eye on the situation.
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