En viktig dag for palestinerne: De ble opptatt som medlemmer av Den internasjonale straffedomstolen og kan nå be om etterforskning av Israel.

The Palestinians became members of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, cementing the most significant and contentious step so far in their new strategy of seeking statehood through international forums.

Palestinians hope to use the court to bring international pressure to bear on Israel, and call it to account for policies and actions that the Palestinians maintain are war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the Israeli assault on Gaza last summer and the continuing construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.