Ex-Israeli Foreign Minister Denies Report She Nixed Belgium Visit Due to Threat of War Crimes Arrest
An ex-Israeli foreign minister denied on Monday she had nixed a planned trip to Belgium due to a threat she would be arrested upon arrival over war crimes allegations.
“The trip was cancelled two weeks ago due to schedule problems,” a spokesperson for Tzipi Livni — currently a Zionist Union MK — told The Algemeiner. “We didn’t know about this concern back then.”
According to a report in the UK’s The Independent newspaper, Livni had been slated to arrive in Brussels on Monday to take part in a conference about fighting antisemitism in Europe.
Last week, according to media reports, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said Livni was named in a 2010 lawsuit filed by anti-Israel activists, and could be detained upon landing in Belgium “to try and advance the investigation.”
Livni has been targeted by anti-Israel “lawfare” activists because of her role as foreign minister during the IDF’s three-week offensive against terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip in December 2008-January 2009. Ehud Olmert was prime minister at the time.
Last summer, Livni was granted special diplomatic immunity by the UK after British police attempted to question her in connection with a complaint filed against her there. Livni was visiting London at the time.