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Israeli Lawmaker Says British Police Sought to Question Her

  • Associated Press

FILE - Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni attends a news conference at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem.

FILE - Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni attends a news conference at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem.

Israeli lawmaker and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni says a British war crimes investigator sought to question her during a trip to Britain over her role in Israel's 2008-2009 Gaza war.

Livni told Israeli Army Radio on Monday the police request was non-mandatory but “unacceptable.”

Israel's Foreign Ministry says it views the British request “with great concern” and would “engage” with British authorities until the matter is resolved.

Britain's Foreign Office and the Metropolitan Police in London declined comment.

Livni was Israel's foreign minister during its three-week offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza, which started in late December 2008. Pro-Palestinian groups have since sought Livni's arrest during her trips to Britain.

British officials extended diplomatic immunity in the past, but Livni says she declined it for this trip on principle.

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