The White House has categorically rejected South Africa’s genocide submission against Israel, labeling it as “meritless, counterproductive, and completely without any basis whatsoever.” The US National Security Council spokesperson, John Kirby, addressed the issue during the first White House press conference of the year.
South Africa’s legal move against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has stirred debates among legal experts. Success in this application could potentially restrict the US from supporting Israel in its offensive actions against Gaza. Despite this, Washington reaffirms its commitment to aiding Israel in self-defense and increasing humanitarian assistance to Gaza.
Israel, in response, has dismissed South Africa’s application as an “absurd blood libel” and pledges to defend its case vigorously during the upcoming ICJ hearings.
John Kirby expressed Washington’s firm opposition to the case, emphasizing its perceived lack of merit and counterproductive nature. Additionally, he mentioned ongoing talks related to the release of hostages kidnapped in the October 7 attacks, underlining the US’s continued engagement in resolving critical issues.
Amidst this development, the organization South African Jews for a Free Palestine has openly supported South Africa’s legal action, expressing hope that it will prompt an immediate ceasefire and put an end to what they describe as genocide.