Deputy FM: Livni warrant 'makes a mockery of universal jurisdiction'

Deputy FM Livni warrant

The arrest warrant issued against former foreign minister Tzipi Livni in a British court "makes a mockery of universal jurisdiction," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Tuesday. Ayalon, who was also the subject of a potential arrest warrant on a trip to the UK last month, urged the British government to address the loophole in the legal system making the warrants possible. "I don't see how Israelis and other officials can continue to visit the UK if this troublesome situation continues," the deputy foreign minister said. "There could be a big diplomatic cost if Israeli leaders cannot visit London and it will affect our relationship and will impact on the ability of the British government to contribute to the Middle East peace process which is not something we would like to see."