PM Benjamin Netanyahu, defiant after ICJ ruling amid escalation in the Gaza conflict

Netanyahu, declared on Saturday, “We decide and act according to what is required for our security.” This statement comes in the wake of the ICJ’s decision, which, while not ordering an immediate ceasefire, criticized Israel’s conduct during the nearly four-month war against Hamas in Gaza.

In a defiant response to the recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu asserted Israel’s right to make decisions based on its security needs, pushing back against attempts to limit the scope of the military’s Gaza offensive. The International Court of Justice had issued a binding ruling aimed at curbing death and destruction in Israel’s military operations, particularly in its ongoing conflict with Hamas.

Netanyahu, declared on Saturday, “We decide and act according to what is required for our security.” This statement comes in the wake of the ICJ’s decision, which, while not ordering an immediate ceasefire, criticized Israel’s conduct during the nearly four-month war against Hamas in Gaza.

Following the ruling, reports emerged of three Palestinians killed in an airstrike, with Israel asserting that the operation targeted a Hamas commander. The incident marked one of the first reported casualties after the directives by the International Court of Justice, bringing increased international scrutiny to the military actions of Israel.

The ICJ has now requested Israel to submit a compliance report within a month, intensifying the focus on Israel’s military conduct. The court’s ruling serves as a rebuke to Israel’s handling of the conflict and raises questions about the compliance to international law in the ongoing Gaza offensive.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees, a crucial organization providing aid amid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, announced that nine countries, including the United States, Britain, Italy, and Finland, have suspended their funding. The funding suspension comes in response to Israel’s allegations that some Gaza staff members were involved in the October 7 Hamas attack that ignited the ongoing conflict.

The funding suspension poses a significant challenge for the UN agency and adds to the complexities of addressing the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. The 13000-strong agency mostly relies on the contributions made by the countries, it said that currently it is running shelters for more than 1 million people and its lifeline ‘can collapse anytime now.’ According to local health officials, over 26000 Palestinians had been killed due to the Israel-Gaza war, vast swathes of Gaza had been destroyed and nearly 85 percent of the territory’s 2.3 million people were displaced.