Mofaz lands in London without incident, is met by Israeli embassy staff

Israeli officials are concerned about Mofaz's possible arrest after failed attempts to secure immunity for the former army chief.

June 20, 2015 20:45
1 minute read.

Israel's then army chief Lieutenant-General Shaul Mofaz, 2002 file photo. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Former IDF chief and defense minister Shaul Mofaz landed in London late Saturday, where he was met by Israeli embassy staff who escorted him to his hotel.

Mofaz, who arrived in London on a British Airways flight from Tel Aviv, went through customs and border control without any problems.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Earlier on Saturday, Israeli television reported that Mofaz is at risk of being detained on possible war crimes charges since Israeli authorities had tried and failed to secure diplomatic immunity for him on his trip to London.

The former defense minister, who retired from politics and is thus a private citizen, is in London to appear at a conference.

Channel 2 had reported earlier Saturday that Israeli diplomats were feverishly working to prevent Mofaz's.

Israeli officials are concerned about an arrest warrant being issued against Mofaz during his stay in the United Kingdom.

Mofaz was chief of staff during the second intifada. After entering politics, he assumed the post of defense minister.

Four years ago, the British government approved a change to the controversial universal jurisdiction law, used by activists to obtain arrest warrants for alleged war crimes aimed at Israeli dignitaries who visit the UK.

The law previously allowed private complaints of war crimes to be lodged against military personnel even if they were not British citizens and the alleged crimes were committed elsewhere. High profile targets in recent years have included former foreign minister Tzipi Livni and former defense minister Ehud Barak.

Related Content

GAVRI LEVY, who died on Thursday morning at the age of 80, made a tremendous impact on soccer
August 16, 2018
Former IFA chairman Levy passes away