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Britain promises to change laws to protect Israelis

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Britain has pledged to change its laws for Israelis to be able to visit the country without the risk of being legally pursued for their actions in the Middle East conflict areas.

Britain has pledged to change its laws for Israelis to be able to visit the country without the risk of being legally pursued for their actions in the Middle East conflict areas.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague promised Thursday to make it safe for Israeli leaders and military to land in London without risking detention based on complaints of war crimes, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Senior Israeli officials, including opposition leader Tzipi Livni, have canceled trips to the United Kingdom to avoid being detained as a result of Britain's universal jurisdiction law. The law allows pro-Arab activists to file suits with British courts over events in the Gaza Strip or Lebanon.

"We are acting to correct [universal jurisdiction]... I was critical of the outgoing Labor government for not correcting it," Hague told Channel 10 in an interview taped during his two-day visit to the country.

"I would expect it to be in place next year, but we will continue to do it to our own timetable. We do not need any intervention by other foreign ministers in that process, including the Israeli one," he said.

TEL AVIV, November 5 (RIA Novosti)

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