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Israel cuts off special dialogue with Britain

Israel cuts off special dialogue with Britain

Israel says it will not resume a special strategic dialogue with London as long as Israeli officials visiting Britain face possible arrest for suspected war crimes.
Israel announced the move during British Foreign Secretary William Hague's visit to Jerusalem Wednesday.
Officials say the annual strategic dialogue _ launched two years ago to boost relations _ broke off at the beginning of the year.
Under British law, pro-Palestinian activists have used the concept of universal jurisdiction to seek the arrest of visiting Israeli officials. Israel's deputy prime minister this week became the latest Israeli official to cancel a visit to Britain for fear of arrest.
British Embassy spokeswoman Karen Kaufman said Hague is discussing the issue during his Israel visit. She said Hague wants to change the British law.


Updated : 2021-01-18 18:48 GMT+08:00