The Palestinian Authority has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in a move aimed at allowing an investigation of possible war crimes during the recent Gaza conflict, the court said.
The court can only investigate if asked by the UN Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction. Only states can recognize the court and it is unclear if the Palestinians can do so.
Even if the Palestinian Authority manages to hurdle itself over the ‘statehood’ issue, the ICC is a double edged knife to hold. While it remains to be seen if any Israelis would be successfully prosecuted by the court, there is no end of Palestinian players who could also be brought before the court on charges. I have no doubt this will set back Fatah – Hamas reconciliation talks for at least another generation or two.