It’s been nearly a year since the start of the 22 day offensive on the Gaza Strip by Israel’s IDF force, in what was dubbed Operation Cast Iron Lead. But the repercussions of that war are still hitting the headlines.
Conflicting reports have emerged over the last 24 hours but this is what we know…
An arrest warrant for the former Israeli Foreign Minister is understood to have been issued by a London court by lawyers representing of a pro-Palestinian group at the weekend. This caused her to cancel meetings with the a Jewish group and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Yesterday, a spokesperson for Livni – who now heads Israel’s opposition Kadima party – denied she had cancelled a visit to the UK capital for fear of possible arrest.
According to the spokesperson, the meetings were declined two weeks ago because meetings with British officials could not be scheduled, and a conference back in Israel would not permit her from being abroad for a prolonged period of time.
But today, the Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement rejecting ‘the cynical act taken in a British court against the head of [Israel’s] opposition’, adding: ‘Lack of immediate and decisive action to correct this distortion damages the relations between the two countries.’
It’s certainly a view shared by some bloggers, such as Israel Matzav who is unhappy about the British government’s role I this matter.
Truth is Contagious blog points out the other countries which some Israeli officials have been told to avoid travel to.
Is it right that third-party countries should be able to issue arrest warrants for people who aren’t their citizens and have committed no crimes in their jurisdiction?