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14LTR-ICC on Jan 29, 2015

Report: disallowing Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel
Source: Palestinian Bid to ICC
Excerpts from Letter from 73 Senators to Secretary of State Kerry We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to seek membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC), because the Palestinian Authority is not a state and its express intent is to use this process to threaten Israel.

Pres. Abbas' effort contravene the spirit of earlier agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and erodes the prospect for peace. Therefore, the US must make clear that joining the ICC is not a legitimate or viable path for Palestinians.

Israel is a major strategic partner of the US and is facing increasing pressure from those who seek to delegitimize its very existence. The only realistic and sustainable path to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Supporting argument: (Heritage Foundation, "U.S. Should Not Join the ICC," Aug. 18, 2009): The ICC prosecutor is exploring a request by the Palestinian National Authority to prosecute Israeli commanders for alleged war crimes committed during the recent actions in Gaza. Palestinian lawyers maintain that the Palestinian National Authority can request ICC jurisdiction as the de facto sovereign even though it is not an internationally recognized state. By countenancing Palestine's claims, the ICC prosecutor has enabled pressure to be applied to Israel over alleged war crimes, while ignoring Hamas's incitement of the military action and its commission of war crimes against Israeli civilians. Furthermore, by seemingly recognizing Palestine as a sovereign entity, the prosecutor's action has created a pathway for Palestinian statehood without first reaching a comprehensive peace deal with Israel. This determination is an inherently political issue beyond the ICC's authority. Also see Senate resolution S.Res.6and House resolution H.Res.11 on West Bank settlements


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Support American Exceptionalism Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel (Score: 1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 5.
  • Headline: Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel (Answer: B)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 5 on Foreign Policy: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
    • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
    • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
    • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14LTR-ICC

Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Challenger 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Casey s1sPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Joe Donnelly s1sIN Democratic Challenger 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016) 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Gary Peters s1sMI Democratic Challenger 
Brian Schatz s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator Appointee 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Jon Tester s1sMT Democratic Jr Senator 
Mark Warner s1sVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously Governor 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 14LTR-ICC

Kelly Ayotte s1sNH Republican Jr Senator 
John Barrasso s1sWY Republican Jr Senator 
Roy Blunt s1sMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Burr s1sNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Bill Cassidy s1sLA Republican Challenger 
Thad Cochran s1sMS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
John Cornyn s1sTX Republican Sr Senator 
Tom Cotton s1sAR Republican Senate challenger 
Ted Cruz s1sPOTUS Republican 2016 Primary Challenger 
Steve Daines s1sMontana Republican (Senate run 2014) 
Joni Ernst s1sIA Republican Challenger 
Jeff Flake s1sArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Cory Gardner s1sCO Republican Senate challenger 
Lindsey Graham s1sSC Republican Sr Senator 
Chuck Grassley s1sIA Republican Sr Senator 
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr Senator 
Dean Heller s1sNevada Republican (Resigned 2011) 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Johnny Isakson s1sGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Ron Johnson s1sWI Republican Sr Senator 
Mark Kirk s1sIL Republican Jr Senator 
James Lankford s1sOK Republican Senate challenger 
Mike Lee s1sUT Republican Jr Senator 
Mitch McConnell s1sKY Republican Sr Senator 
Lisa Murkowski s1sAK Republican Sr Senator 
David Perdue s1sGA Republican challenger 
Rob Portman s1sOH Republican Jr Senator 
Pat Roberts s1sKS Republican Sr Senator 
Mike Rounds s1sSD Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Marco Rubio s1sFL Republican Jr Senator 
Ben Sasse s1sNebraska Republican Challenger 
Tim Scott s1sSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
Richard Shelby s1sAL Republican Jr Senator 
Dan Sullivan s1sAK Republican challenger 
John Thune s1sSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Thom Tillis s1sNC Republican Challenger 
Pat Toomey s1sPA Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s1sLA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate 
Roger Wicker s1sMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



Independents participating in 14LTR-ICC

Dan Coats s1sIN Director of National Intelligence 
Jeff Sessions s1sAL Attorney General 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 20
Republicans: 41
Independents: 2


















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