Senator John Kerry released the
following statement today regarding the International Court of Justice
ruling on Israel’s security fence:

“I am deeply disappointed by today’s International Court of Justice ruling
related to Israel’s security fence. Israel’s fence is a legitimate response
to terror that only exists in response to the wave of terror attacks
against Israel. The fence is an important tool in Israel’s fight against
terrorism. It is not a matter for the ICJ.

“I have made very clear from the start that I do not believe that the ICJ
should even be considering this issue given that they do not have

“We were right to oppose the resolution in the General Assembly and to
convey this opinion to the ICJ. Several months ago, I joined in sending a
letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urging him to “act so that the
ICJ does not…issue an advisory opinion on the legality of the security
fence Israel is building.”

“Our nation is rightly discussing with Israel the exact route of the fence
to minimize the hardship it causes Palestinians. And Israel’s own Supreme
Court has looked at the very same issues and we should respect that



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