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After her new anti-Israeli comments, Sweden's FM Wallström not welcome in Jerusalem

Written by Maureen Shamee
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:51
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Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström will not be welcome in Israel.

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Following her call for investigations into ‘’extrejudicial killings’’ by Israeli forces and other critical statements towards the Jewish state, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström will not be welcome in Israel.

Wallström made the comments while responding to a question in parliament on a controversy raised in December by her statement on the need for Israel to avoid "extrajudicial executions" during the wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks targeting Israelis. Twenty-three Israelis and an American have been killed in the attacks. "It is vital that there is a thorough, credible investigation into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability," she told a parliamentary debate, according to the Swedish news agency TT .

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely, harshly criticised Wallstrom, calling her comments "a mix of blindness and political stupidity".

"Israel has decided to close its doors to official Swedish visits," she said on Israeli public radio.

A foreign ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nachshon later walked back her comments, saying they referred only to Wallstrom and not other Swedish officials.

Israeli foreign ministry Director-General Dore Gold, speaking to a group from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said that anyone attacking Israel over its right to defend itself from terrorism is “in practical terms encouraging terrorism.”

As the controversy erupted  between Jerusalem and Stockholm, a Swedish delegation including one of the country's Deputy Parliament speakers, Esabelle Dingizian, was visiting Israel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:59


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