Israel recalls Sweden ambassador in protest of Palestine recognition


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FM Avigdor Lieberman to consider permanently removing Isaac Bachman from post in Stockholm, officially downgrading Israel’s diplomatic relations with Sweden.

HAARETZ

The Foreign Ministry has recalled its ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman, from Stockholm for consultations in protest of Sweden’s recognition of a Palestinian state.

A Foreign Ministry official said that Bachman will remain in Jerusalem until further notice, and that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is even considering permanently removing Bachman from Stockholm, downgrading Israeli diplomatic relations with Sweden.

After the announcement Thursday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Sweden’s move a “very unfortunate decision” that only strengthens “radical and intransigent” Palestinian elements.

“The only chance to reach an accord is through honest negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and steps like this only bolster the Palestinians’ unrealistic demands and push an accord farther away,” Lieberman said.

The Foreign Minister said he was sorry to see the Swedish government make such a declaration that does so much damage and serves no useful purpose.

“The Swedish government needs to understand that relations in the Middle East are more complicated than a piece of furniture from IKEA that you assemble at home, and should act with responsibility and sensitivity,” he added.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom responded to Lieberman’s IKEA comment. “I will be happy to send Israel FM Lieberman an IKEA flat pack to assemble. He’ll see it requires a partner, cooperation and a good manual,” she said.

Senior officials in the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said that over the past few weeks the Swedish Foreign Ministry has tried to convince other European nations to declare recognition of a Palestinian state. The officials said that the Swedes were mainly working to convince other Scandinavian nations like Denmark, Sweden and Finland, but received negative responses.

  1. #1 by Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog on 10/30/2014 - 11:20 pm

    Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.

  2. #2 by lolathecur on 10/30/2014 - 11:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Lolathecur's Blog.

  3. #3 by kittie kittie on 10/31/2014 - 3:42 am

    I’m always reminded how Israeli citizen (US born) Barbara Lerner Spectre described to the world how Jews are destroying Sweden.

  4. #4 by Karine Aguilar on 10/31/2014 - 3:56 pm

    LOL The swedes are going to be very happy about this because they don’t have to bow down before the Jewish criminal running the show .. Obalba could learn something from Scandinavial countries in Gerneral .. America hs turned into a filthy sewer pit – full of corruption and dirty deal making.

  5. #5 by KPRyan on 11/01/2014 - 5:50 am

    It would not surprise me if an ‘act of terror’ occurs in the near future on Swedish soil.

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