In December 2019 Bensouda announced that such crimes have been, or were being committed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. She named the Israeli military, which has for years unleashed a reign of terror on Palestinians, as a perpetrator of war crimes.
The ICC prosecutor further noted that there was a reasonable basis to launch a probe into Israeli military actions in the besieged Gaza Strip, as well as illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Bensouda then asked the judges to rule on the extent of the court's jurisdiction in the case. And the court last month established that it had jurisdiction.
The announcement was not received well by Washington and Tel Aviv.
The US Vice President, Kamala Harris, told Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in a phone call that the US opposes any such probe as the court has no jurisdiction over the matter.