'Guardian' reports Livni arrest warrant was issued by Westminster court

Guardian Livni arrest

The Westminster Magistrate's Court did indeed issue a warrant for the arrest of Kadima and opposition leader Tzipi Livni on behalf of Palestinian victims of Operation Cast Lead, the Guardian reported on Monday night. According to the UK-based publication, the warrant was issued before the judge was informed that Livni had cancelled her planned visit to the country. Although the warrant was consequently annulled, pro-Palestinian groups in Britain expressed satisfaction at what they termed a "long overdue" move against Israeli leadership. The British Foreign Office, however, reacted with great concern to reports of such a warrant. "The UK is determined to do all it can to promote peace in the Middle East and to be a strategic partner of Israel. To do this, Israel's leaders need to be able to come to the UK for talks with the British government," it said in a statement. "We are looking urgently at the implications of this case."