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Anti-Israel Swedish Foreign Minister resigns

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Sweden-Israel relations worsened after the Social-Democrat Swedish government became in 2014 the first EU member state  to recognize a Palestinian state.

STOCKHOLM—Anti-Israel Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has announced her resignation. A Social Democrat, Wallström has held the position since 2014 in the government led by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

“The time has come for me to spend more time with my husband, my children and my grandchildren. I have notified the Prime Minister of my wish to leave the government and my post as Minister for Foreign Affairs,” Wallström said on Twitter.

“I have put everything I have into the job of making Sweden safe, respected internationally and appreciated as a partner,” she said according to Reuters reported.

Relations between Sweden and Israel took a sharp turn for the worse when Wallström became Foreign Minister and when Sweden became the first EU member state to recognize a Palestinian state in 2014; Israel then summoned Sweden’s ambassador to protest and express disappointment at the move.

Wallström, who has accused the Israeli army of carrying out “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians carrying out terrorist attacks, cancelled a planned visit to Israel in 2016 after Israeli officials made it clear that she would not be welcome because of her statements against the Jewish State.

The rift between Jerusalem and Stockholm further deepened further when Wallstrom described the Palestinians’ plight as a factor leading to Islamist radicalization.

Later prime Minister Stefan Lofven himself caused controversy when he said stabbing attacks against Israelis were not considered terrorism.

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