…and never could have if Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett is doing her job.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked British Foreign Minister Margaret Becket on Wednesday to enact a law preventing the arrest of Israel Defense Forces officers in British territory, during their meeting in Jerusalem.
According to a political source in Jerusalem, British authorities promised Israel roughly a year and a half ago that the country would enact a law similar to a Belgian law, passed in the wake of the Belgian warrant issued for the arrest of then-prime minister Ariel Sharon.
The Belgian law transferred the authority to issue arrest warrants for foreign citizens on accusations of war crimes from the courts to the government.
Beckett promised the prime minister that she would take care of the issue.
This is an outrage, the parliament and the judiciary should be separate. If there is a case to answer under British or International law, then it should be heard in a court of law without exception.
What makes IDF officers different from anyone else? It says that Israeli officers can never do wrong, because if it is left to the government, I can’t see them issuing a warrant.