Putting Israel, Hamas on same level unacceptable-Tajani

Italian Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani has criticized the decision by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor to apply for arrest warrants for the leaders of both Hamas and Israel, saying it is wrong to put them on the same level.

The ICC prosecutor on Monday requested the arrest of top Hamas figures, including the group’s leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, over the October 7 attacks, and for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and its defence minister over its war against Hamas and the impact on civilians in Gaza.

“It is unacceptable to equate a government legitimately elected by the people in a democratic way with a terrorist organisation that caused everything that is happening,” Tajani told Mediaset television late on Monday.