Miliband and Livni
Miliband and Livni Israel news photo: Flash 90

British Foreign Minister David Miliband phoned Opposition Head Tzipi Livni Tuesday and expressed “shock” at the arrest warrant that was issued against her by a British court. 

Livni reportedly told him in reply that she does not see the matter as personal but as something that concerns the entire state of Israel, and the ability to continue to act against threats that Israel and Britain face together. 

Livni said that the problem of British arrest warrants against Israeli officials needs to be solved in the manner which the two countries agreed upon when she was Foreign Minister. “The time that goes by without a proper solution is time that is not being utilized well,” she said.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also held a long talk with Miliband Tuesday evening. The conversation was reportedly about “bilateral matters” and also touched upon the arrest warrant against Livni.

Miliband told his Israeli counterpart that he finds the matter of the arrest warrant “unacceptable” and so do the other members of Britain's cabinet. He said that solutions need to be found so that such events do not recur. Britain's relationship with Israel is important, he said, and the dialogue between the countries should continue.

Lieberman also voiced "disappointment" with Britain's position regarding the Goldstone report, as well as the decision to mark imported products manufactured by Jews in Judea and Samaria, and the British stand regarding the Swedish draft resolution which came up at the European Union conference, regarding the status of Jerusalem.