For her upcoming visit to Israel, Wallström asked to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with Israeli ministers but the official response she received was that the Israeli officials could not fit her into their schedule.
Government officials noted that this was merely an excuse, as Wallström was a persona non grata in israel.
Despite this, the Swedish foreign minister decided to go ahead with her planned visit and meet with officials in the Palestinian Authority.
At the time, Wallström harshly criticized Jerusalem’s policies, which she dubbed “extremely aggressive,” and claimed that Israel had irritated close allies by over-reacting to Stockholm recognizing the state of Palestine, saying its rhetoric over the issue had “crossed all limits.”
The Swedish government is considered the most hostile to Israel among the European governments. Some in the Israeli Foreign Ministry suggested in the past to close the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm since it was a “lost cause.”
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