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Official calls off trip to Britain

October 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An Israeli Cabinet minister called off a visit to Britain because of concerns he could be arrested on suspicion of committing war crimes, a spokesman said.

The decision by Moshe Yaalon, a former military chief of staff who is now a vice prime minister, came a week after Palestinian activists tried unsuccessfully to have Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrested during a visit to Britain.

"This is a campaign to delegitimize Israel," Yaalon said in a statement. He called off his trip "to avoid playing into the hands of anti-Israel propaganda," spokesman Alon Ofek-Arnon said.

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