As Palestinians join International Criminal Court, showdown with Israel looms at The Hague

January 7, 2015 4:30 PM

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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. The U.N. has accepted Palestine's request join the International Criminal Court, setting April 1 as the starting date and clearing the way for potential war crimes investigations of Israel over its settlement building on occupied lands and a 2014 war in Gaza that killed hundreds of civilians. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (The Associated Press)

RAMALLAH, West Bank – The U.N. has accepted a request by observer state Palestine to join the International Criminal Court, clearing the way for possible war crimes complaints against Israel. Palestinians hope the tribunal will give them more leverage in a lopsided conflict and keep a distracted wo...

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