Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Israel furious at Livni arrest warrant

Netanyahu condemns British plan to apprehend former foreign minister

By Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem
The Independent

"....The issuing of the warrant against Ms Livni comes two months after a lawyer attempted to have a warrant issued against the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, as he visited Britain. Other Israeli officials have faced similar action in the past.

"By a very small change of legislation, the issue could be at least controlled if not totally wiped off the map," the Israeli information minister, Yuli Edelstein, told AP. An Israeli foreign ministry statement warned that Britain could not "fulfil an active role in the peace process" if Israeli leaders are unable to visit Britain.

Last night the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, reassured Israel that it was "a strategic partner and a close friend of the UK" whose leaders "must be able to visit and have a proper dialogue with the British Government". He added that London was "looking urgently" at ways in which the "UK system might be changed in order to avoid this sort of situation arising again"......"

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