Israel's foreign minister said on Friday his
government would not accept a World Court ruling on the legality of its
West Bank barrier and pressed for U.S. support to block any U.N. action
against the Jewish state.
The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, will
render its judgment in a public hearing on July 9, one of the most
high-profile rulings in its 58-year history.
"We believe that Israel can deal with this issue by itself," Israeli
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said at the White House after talks with
U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. "We can't accept any
external involvement from the International Court of Justice...