British Council

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.

Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

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.