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Monday, December 22, 2003

Israel to send judges to the International Court of Justice in the Hague?

JPost: Foreign Ministry officials were meeting in Jerusalem Sunday to discuss the possibility of sending Israeli judges to preside over a court hearing to be held in February over the Security fence, in the The International Court of Justice in the Hague.

The Foreign Minister Legal Advisor Alan Baker has recommended that Israel send judges to the international court.

The Yediot Ahronot daily reported Sunday that Israel is worried about the panel of judges who will preside over the hearing since two of the current judges are Arabs who have in the past expressed anti-Israeli sentiments.

With support from less than half of the UN's member states, the General Assembly voted two weeks ago to request that the International Court of Justice in the Hague render an advisory opinion on Israel's security fence.

The non-binding resolution asked the court to consider the 'legal consequences arising from the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying power.'

Israel condemned the decision, saying it was a 'cynical manipulation' of an apparatus that is designed to promote world peace in order to further the interests of those supporting terrorism.

But Israeli officials agreed to cooperate with the court's expected investigation, saying they would argue the fence is needed for self-defense against terrorism.

Officials from the Justice Ministry, the State Prosecution and the Prime Minister's Office were participating in the discussion.

San Diego/Tijuana fence, where they don't even have suicide bombers.