Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni is planning to come to London to test the process for the issuing of arrest warrants for alleged war crimes.
Speaking exclusively to the JC, Ms Livni said: “I will do this not for me, not for provocation, but for the right of every Israeli to travel freely. I am not going to be restricted by extremists because I fought terror.”
The British system was, she said, “being abused by extremists for political reasons. Belgium and Spain have changed their laws, and the British know that they have to do so”.
Gordon Brown calls Tzipi Livni to express regret at warrant
Gordon Brown telephoned Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister, as he sought to defuse a diplomatic row with Israel.
Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister, cancelled a visit to Britain amid reports pro-Palestinian activist groups sought a warrant for her arrest on alleged war crimes charges The prime minister expressed his regret over a warrant issued by a court in London over the weekend seeking her arrest in connection with war crimes charges in Gaza.
Mr Brown broke off from climate talks in Copenhagen to tell Mrs Livni that she was "most welcome in Britain any time."
According to a statement released by Mrs Livni's office, Mr Brown also promised to seek legislative changes to ensure no Israeli official would risk arrest while on British soil.
Mrs Livni replied by saying: "The situation must be repaired immediately".