Israel slams 'scandalous' ICC war crimes probe

Israel denounced Friday the International Criminal Court`s "scandalous" decision to launch a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians by Israeli forces.

Jerusalem: Israel denounced Friday the International Criminal Court`s "scandalous" decision to launch a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians by Israeli forces.

The sole purpose of the preliminary examination is to "try to harm Israel`s right to defend itself from terror," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.

He said the decision was "solely motivated by political anti-Israel considerations," adding that he would recommend against cooperating with the probe.