Palestinian policemen hold back demonstrators protesting against Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, as Baird meets with his Palestinian counterpart in the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Israel is lobbying member states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in Palestine, the country's foreign minister said Sunday.Israel, which like the United States does not belong to the ICC, hopes to dent funding for the court that is drawn from the 122 member states in accordance with the size of their economies, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.Canada opposes the Palestinians' attempts to reach statehood without direct negotiations with Israel as well as their recent bid to pursue war crimes charges against Israel at the ICC.During his visit to Israel Sunday, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird denounced the International Criminal Court for opening a preliminary probe into possible war crimes by Israel, which counts on his country as one of its staunchest allies.
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