The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, had threatened to go to the International Criminal Court over alleged Israeli war crimes, but only as a ‘nuclear-option’. No one expected him to play his bargaining chip. Now he has and the reaction has been fierce - threats to withdraw funds from the court, calls to cut off aid, withholding tax revenue to the Palestinians. Will the court prosecute and if so, whom? It could be Palestine rather than Israel.

THE POLITICAL impasse which typically characterises Israel-Palestine relations took a new turn when the Palestinian Authority (PA) decided to strike at its militarily superior neighbour by turning from warfare to law.

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Professor Colleen Graffy
President Abbas has threatened to halt security coordination with Israel in the West Bank or even dismantle the PA, which would force Israel to send its forces into Palestinian towns and cities
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