Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit (R) during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Abir Sultan)
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Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding in response to an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials told Reuters.It would have struggled to move ahead with cases such as those against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen.The bulk of the court's 141 million euro ($158 million) annual budget comes from the advanced economies of Europe and North Asia.As it stands, the tribunal is unlikely to have the resources to be able to closely investigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the next three years, a former prosecution lawyer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Some legal experts said Israel would be wise to cooperate with the preliminary examination, which determines if crimes are serious enough to fall within the court's statute and have not been investigated already.If Israel were to conduct credible criminal investigations into possible crimes committed by its forces, the court would not launch a parallel case.
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