Britain amends law to prevent arrests of Israelis

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Britain on Thursday approved an amendment to the universal jurisdiction law, which allowed private individuals to obtain an arrest warrant for alleged "war crimes" aimed at Israeli dignitaries visiting the country. A statement issued by Britain's Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould said the change will ensure that his country continues to honor its international obligations Until now lawyer worked closely with pro-Palestinian groups in Britain to secure arrest warrnats for visiting Israeli dignitaries for alleged war crimes committed against the Palestinian people. Gould telephone Opposition leader Tzipi Livni to inform her of the amendment. In 2009 an arrest warrant was issued for Livni who was invited to Britain to address a Jewish group. Several other Israeli officials including former military generals were were also threatened with arrest.