Biden pushes back against ICC allegations against Israel: ‘What’s happening is not genocide’

President Joe Biden said the administration does not view the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza as genocide during a celebration for Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House on Monday evening. 

The president’s comments come after he criticized a decision by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to file arrest warrant applications for senior Israeli officials such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his defense chief, and three Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes. 

“Whatever these warrants may imply, there is no equivalence between Israel and Hamas. It’s clear that Israel wants to do all it can to ensure civilian protection,” Biden said. “Let me be clear: Contrary to allegations against Israel
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