The Hungarian Government has always disputed the decision of the Court that the territorial scope of its jurisdiction extends to Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In the proceedings Hungary submitted amicus curiae observations to the ICC that challenged Palestine’s criminal jurisdiction over Israeli citizens. Hungary remains a staunch supporter of Israel’s right to defend herself. We sincerely believe that lasting peace can only be achieved only through direct negotiations between the parties based on mutual respect. However, the decision of the ICC does not take us closer to this.

In this spirit, we support the March 3 statement of Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken expressing commitment to Israel and its security.