Government Legal Adviser Gali Baharav Miara and State Prosecutor Amit Eisman issued a joint statement in response to the ICC's decision to request arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

"The State of Israel was forced into war on October 7," the statement affirmed.

"Israel, as a democratic state, combats terrorism and safeguards its security, all while upholding international legal standards and a steadfast commitment to the rule of law."

The joint statement further emphasized, "Security services, including the Israel Defense Forces, operate in accordance with international law. The Government Legal Adviser and the State Prosecutor's Office rigorously investigate any credible allegations of law violations by Israel or its officials, ensuring adherence to legal standards."

It continued, "The judiciary of Israel stands ready to address all significant allegations, whether regarding policy matters or individual cases. Israel has consistently maintained that the ICC lacks jurisdiction to investigate this issue. Therefore, the request for arrest warrants against the head of government and the defense minister lacks merit," the statement concluded.