Livni canceled her visit to London for fear of being arrested for war crimes in Gaza
The arrest warrant against Livni has drawn praise from the Palestinians.
“It is a major step by the international community to hold Israel responsible for breaching international law and violating Palestinian rights,” Ghassan Al-Khatib, director of the Government Media Center, told Al-Jazeera television.
“It is a sign on the rising international awareness of the gravity of Israel’s war crimes and violations of international laws and human rights.”
Last September, Israeli Defense Minister faced an arrest warrant for war crimes in Gaza during a visit to London.
In October, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon was advised to scrap a visit to London for fears of arrest for war crimes.
In 2005, Major General (res.) Doron Almog declined to leave his plane in London for fears of being arrested for war crimes.
Former army chief of staff Moshe Yaalon scrapped a visit to Britain over fears of arrest.
Following the Gaza war, Israeli ministers have been advised not to visit Britain, Spain, Belgium and Norway for fears of being arrested for war crimes.