FM Tzipi Livni met today with British Ambassador Tom Phillips, with regard to reports that institutions and unions in the UK intend to boycott their Israeli counterparts.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met today with Mr. Tom Phillips, British Ambassador to Israel, with regard to reports that certain institutions and unions in the UK intend to boycott their Israeli counterparts.

FM Livni expressed her disapproval of the intended boycott, and stated that it may have an adverse effect on public opinion in both countries. She further stated that the boycott is completely contradictory to the positive relationship between the two countries.

Ambassador Phillips stated that the British government is opposed to any intention to boycott Israel. He reiterated his country’s position that a boycott or sanctions will not help the Israelis or Palestinians achieve their goals.

The ambassador detailed the activities of the British Council, aimed at strengthening the bond between academic institutions in the UK and Israel and the cooperation between various institutions and private citizens in both countries.