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Police feared ‘airport stand-off’ February 19, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Israel.
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The BBC reports:

An Israeli general wanted for alleged war crimes escaped arrest in the UK because British police feared an armed confrontation at Heathrow airport.

What is it about Israel that allows it to take such liberties?

He stayed on board for two hours after a tip-off that he was facing detention.

Police were concerned about a potential clash with Israeli air marshals or armed personal security on the plane.

Maj Gen Almog had flown to the UK for social and charitable visits to Jewish communities in Solihull, in the West Midlands, and Manchester.

If this was anyone else, from any other country on the planet, the police would be on that plane doing their job.

Even more insulting:

When Maj Gen Almog arrived back in Israel, the planned arrest caused a minor diplomatic storm, with Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom describing the incident as an “outrage”.

In turn, the then UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw apologised to his counterpart for any embarrassment caused.

Despite Almog having an outstanding arrest warrant, Jack Straw rolls over and apologises to the Israeli foreign minister.

Absolutely ridiculous.

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