Practice Relating to Rule 161. International Cooperation in Criminal Proceedings
Section A. Cooperation between States
Israel’s Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) states:
In 1998 Israel signed the Rome Statute; however, in a Government resolution in June 2002, Israel announced that it did not intend to ratify the Statute. Today, the State of Israel is not a member of the Criminal Tribunal at The Hague, and has sent a letter to the United Nations announcing that it does not intend to ratify the Tribunal’s Statute. Various entities have announced that they will forward complaints to the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague relating to various acts performed by Israel in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The State of Israel does not perpetrate war crimes and its acts are covered by routine legal advice. If any Israeli soldier commits any of the crimes addressed by the Statute, Israel itself will put him on trial.
The Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) is a second edition of the Manual on the Laws of War (1998).