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February 27, 2003
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Belgium’s foreign minister wrote an open letter to Israel, expressing regret over the deterioration in relations between the two countries over a Belgian court decision enabling the prosecution of Israelis involved in the 1982 Lebanon War. In a letter addressed to “my Israeli friends” that was published in Israeli and Belgian newspapers, Louis Michel said a Belgian law that grants judges universal jurisdiction for war crimes is not specifically aimed against Israel.

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