Tzipi Livni

Attempts to arrest Israeli officials visiting the UK

December 17, 2009

February 2004
Application fails at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court for arrest warrant against General Shaul Mofaz, then Israeli Defence Minister.

September 2005
Doron Almog, a former IDF head of southern command, remains on an El Al jet at Heathrow before immediately returning to Israel after being informed police have a warrant to arrest him in connection with alleged breaches of Geneva Convention during operations in Gaza in 2002. Israel accuses Foreign Office of colluding with pro-Palestinian activists. Israeli senior official tells JC: “It looks like a conspiracy.”


This is an attack on democracy

By Tzipi Livni, December 17, 2009

For me to be put on trial is an abuse of the British legal system, because it’s not about me, it’s not a lawsuit about Tzipi Livni, it’s not a lawsuit against Israel, it’s a lawsuit against any democracy which fights terror.

I am proud of the decisions I made as Israeli Foreign Minister in order to protect our civilians. I am proud of the Israeli soldiers who have taken action in order to stop terrorism and taken all the necessary steps in order to avoid civilian casualties in impossible situations.


Analysis: This stuff really matters to the Labour government

By Martin Bright, December 17, 2009

If Tzipi Livni is a war criminal then she should stand trial at the International Criminal Court. Israel is not beyond judgment for its actions. If crimes against humanity were committed in Gaza by Israeli troops, then the war cabinet in which Ms Livni served as Foreign Minister should be held to account. The British government understands that and — although this may come as a surprise to some people — so does the Israeli government.

Ms Livni suggested as much herself in a speech on Tuesday following the news that she cancelled a trip to Britain for fear of arrest.


Livni crisis deepens as Israel bans UK visits

By Anshel Pfeffer, Marcus Dysch and Martin Bright, December 17, 2009

The Israeli government’s fury at the arrest warrant issued for the former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni has culminated in a threat to end all ministerial visits to Britain. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the UK government that this would apply even to those not at risk of arrest, until the UK government changes the law allowing private citizens to bring charges against senior Israelis for war crimes.


Livni arrest warrant will be last, insists Miliband

By Martin Bright, December 17, 2009

The government has confirmed it will act to prevent Israeli politicians being vulnerable to arrest in Britain.

The move follows a furious reaction from Israel and the British Jewish community at attempts to arrest the Israeli opposition politician Tzipi Livni, who was forced to cancel an appearance at the Jewish National Fund conference she was due to attend last weekend.

Pro-Palestinian lawyers had obtained an arrest warrant for Ms Livni’s involvement in the Israeli war cabinet decision to authorise Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.


Britain 'must change the law' over Livni arrest

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2009

Embarrassed ministers are looking "urgently" at ways of changing the law in the wake of the failed attempt to arrest Israeli Opposition leader Tsipi Livni in Britain last weekend.

Ms Livni cancelled a trip to London shortly before a court in Westminster granted a warrant for her arrest.

But Ms Livni, who had been due to speak at Sunday’s JNF Vision 2010 conference in Hendon, said she had cancelled the trip a fortnight ago for scheduling reasons.


Arrest warrant issued for Tzipi Livni

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2009

An arrest warrant was issued for Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni by a London court, but was later annulled after Ms Livni cancelled her scheduled visit and did not enter Britain.

Ms Livni had been due to speak at Sunday’s JNF Vision 2010 conference in Hendon, north-west London, but cancelled over fears she would be arrested for alleged war crimes.

It is believed Westminster Magistrates’ Court issued the warrant at the request of pro-Palestinian lawyers acting on behalf of those affected by Israel’s action in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.


Confusion over Livni's cancelled visit to UK

By Marcus Dysch, December 14, 2009

There is confusion over the exact grounds for Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelling a trip to Britain.

Ms Livni, who had been due to speak at Sunday’s JNF Vision 2010 conference in Hendon, north-west London, said through her office that she had cancelled the trip a fortnight ago for scheduling reasons.

It had been thought she would meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and possibly Foreign Secretary David Miliband, for private talks.


Livni cancels JNF visit to UK

By Marcus Dysch, December 14, 2009

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelled a visit to Britain this weekend over fears pro-Palestinian lawyers would seek to have her arrested.

Ms Livni had been due to speak at Sunday’s JNF Vision 2010 conference in Hendon, north-west London. She had also been expected to meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown for private talks.

But she pulled out of the trip for fear of lawyers obtaining an arrest warrant.


Ministers’ ‘U-turn on war-crime law’

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

Senior Israeli officials have attacked the British government for reneging on its promise to change a law that allows private citizens to bring war crimes charges against Israeli officers.

The failure to alter the legislation effectively bars Israeli top brass from entering Britain for fear they would be arrested on arrival.

“Both the Blair and Brown governments promised us that they would bring the necessary legislation to Parliament,” said a senior Israeli diplomat. “But it is clear now that they never really meant to fulfil that promise.”