Israel calls U.K. effort to try Livni ‘absurdity’


Israel reacted angrily Tuesday to a British arrest warrant for former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on war-crimes allegations, with the government threatening to sideline the U.K. in Mideast peace talks.

A Westminster, London, magistrate court on Saturday issued the warrant, alleging crimes related to Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip in late 2008 and early 2009. Ms. Livni, who is now opposition leader, was foreign minister at the time and one of three government officials — with then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak — to oversee the offensive.

The warrant was issued ahead of a U.K. convention of the Jewish National Fund, to which Ms. Livni had been invited, but had declined to attend. The warrant was revoked by the court on Monday after it was clear she wasn’t in the country. WSJ



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