Senate negotiations over ICC sanctions bill grind to a halt

Senate negotiations over a bill to punish the International Criminal Court have reached an impasse as the White House resists attempts to sanction the body.

Republicans in the Senate have attempted to move the GOP-led bill, which passed the House last week with the help of 42 Democrats, following the ICC prosecutor’s decision to seek arrest warrants for top leaders of both Israel and Hamas, but the White House has come out against it, arguing there are “more effective ways to defend Israel” as it faces scrutiny over its war in Gaza.

A flurry of talks that began on a bipartisan basis after the ICC pursued warrants against Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, have since lost steam, according to a source familiar with the matter.

“There were numerous phone calls between a
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