A British court has issued an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni on war crimes charges but withdrew it after she had canceled a planned visit to London, the Guardian newspaper reported. According to the report, Westminster magistrates court issued the warrant at the request of lawyers acting for Palestinian victims of war in the Gaza Strip earlier this year.
The warrant was dropped after it emerged that Livni -- who had been due to attend a meeting in London last weekend -- was not in Britain. Livni, who is the chairman of the opposition Kadima Party, played a key role in launching the offensive on the Strip late last year.
The British Foreign Office told Reuters it was "looking urgently at the implications of this case." "The UK is determined to do all it can to promote peace in the Middle East and to be a strategic partner of Israel," a spokeswoman said. "To do this, Israel's leaders need to be able to come to the UK for talks with the British government."