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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Israeli justice

In a HARDtalk interview on 22 April, Tim Sebastian talks to Israel's Justice Minister, Yosef Tommy Lapid.


Israel has been roundly condemned after their assassination of the Hamas leader in Gaza, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi.

However they have defended their policy and said they would continue to target Hamas and senior members of Palestinian militant groups.

Israel is also under pressure after George Bush gave his full backing to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's middle east peace plans, infuriating the Arab world and parts of the international community.

Tim Sebastian talks to the Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Tommy Lapid, and also puts to him the restrictions surrounding the release of the former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu this week.

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 03:30 GMT, 08:30 GMT, 11:30 GMT, 15:30 GMT, 18:30 GMT and 23:30 GMT

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30



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