On February 19, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying that it does not recognize the legitimacy of the ongoing proceedings at the International Court of Justice over Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.

The statement says that the trial is "designed to harm Israel’s right to defend itself from existential threats."

"The hearing in The Hague is part of a Palestinian attempt to dictate the results of a diplomatic settlement without any negotiations,” the statement adds. “We will continue to fight this attempt, and the government and the Knesset are unified in rejecting his invalid trend," the official statement reads.