"The International Criminal Court on Wednesday closed for good the case of war crimes allegations against Israel concerning the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident in which 10 Turkish citizens were killed during a clash with IDF naval commandos.
The decision by the ICC's Pretrial Chamber followed a decision by the ICC prosecutor to close the case for a third time in December 2019, as well as prior rulings by the ICC's highest body, the appeals chamber, which appeared to undermine attempts to force the ICC prosecutor to move forward with the case.
This is the first time that the ICC Pretrial Chamber has thrown in the towel after appeals against the ICC prosecutor's decision to close the case.
While Israel's critics portrayed the Mavi Marmara passengers as having practically the status of UN peacekeepers, Bensouda declared their aim to be political.
She also dismissed any attempt by the ICC Pretrial Chamber to view Israel's blockade of Gaza as part of the war crimes' scenario, saying that analyzing this issue was inherently subjective.
Despite the ruling, a major question still remains as to what the ICC Pretrial Chamber will decide concerning the war crimes allegations in the 2014 Gaza war and Israel's settlement building enterprise."