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REPORT – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed the Rome Treaty and 19 other international agreements which now paves the way for the Palestinians to pursue war crimes against Israel, whose 50-day Gaza campaign cost more than 2,100 lives, at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Abbas made good on his threat to join the ICC after the defeat of the Palestinian resolution calling on the complete withdrawal of Israel from the occupied territories by 2017 at the UN Security Council last night. The ratification of the Rome Treaty is the first step to joining the ICC. It also means the Palestinians have opened a new chapter in their relationship with Israel and its Superpower patron, the USA.