Germany has said it will arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he comes to German territory after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for crimes in the bloody war that has killed tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Chancellor Olaf Scholtz said Berlin would "certainly" comply with the potential ICC order because he is a "fundamental" supporter of the court and "respects the law".

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan this week sought arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant and Hamas leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the seven-month war in the Gaza Strip.

Despite Berlin's criticism of the "unfairness" of equating accusations against Israel and Hamas, the German Foreign Ministry expressed respect for the independence and procedures of the ICJ. The opposition SDU party condemned the government's position as a "scandal".

It should be noted that at the moment, Germany strongly supports Israel, provides it with weapons and suppresses the activities of Palestinians in the country.

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