A British court has issued an arrest warrant for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni over her involvement in Israel’s war on Gaza last winter, according to reports in the zionist state of Israel.
There were conflicting reports over her whereabouts, including claims she was in London when the supposed warrant was issued, although Livni was reportedly in the Israeli city of Herzliya marking the third day of Hanukkah the night before.
The London-based newspaper The Jewish Chronicle first reported that Livni, fearing arrest, cancelled a visit to the UK over the weekend. She was scheduled to speak at the Jewish National Fund’s 2010 conference in London and meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the report said.
JNF chairman Samuel Hayek said Livni was “unable to attend” the conference, and that she sent a pre-recorded message in her stead. “I am not at liberty to confirm her precise reasons for not attending. In any event it is regrettable that the British Government is unable to conduct free dialogue with Israel’s most senior statesmen and politician,” he said in a statement.
Human rights attorney Shawqi Issa, a specialist in international law, said the type of order supposedly issued in London would only apply if Livni were inside the UK. “Legally, the British court couldn’t have issued an arrest warrant except in the event that it confirmed her presence on British soil,” he said in an interview.
Reports that police visited a residence in which the Israeli opposition leader was thought to be staying. According to this report, Livni was in the UK rather than Israel on Monday afternoon.
A spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to speculate. Calls to the British Consulate in Jerusalem went unanswered, and the country’s embassy in Tel Aviv did not return calls seeking comment.
Livni’s office denied the arrest reports, but affirmed that she cancelled the UK visit. “We declined the invitation to the annual JNF conference two weeks ago. Livni is proud of all the decisions she made regarding Operation Cast Lead,” her office said in a statement, according to the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
When’s a war criminal not a war criminal?
When they are an izzy passport holder.
Our Government claims that “Israel is a strategic partner and a close friend of the UK.”
The government is “urgently” looking into reforming the law to “avoid this sort of situation arising again”.
Zippy was equally flustered muttering “What needs to be put on trial here is the abuse of the British legal system”
What you have is a war criminal thumbing their nose at our legal system, claiming that they are above the law, and threatening that any attempt to serve an arrest warrant will scupper the great relationship that Britain enjoys with its strategic partner in the middle east.
The very same partner that has no problem in murdering British citizens.
Your time will come.