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Malmo, Sweden, where Muslims are a rapidly growing minority.

Sweden’s government officially recognized the so-called “State of Palestine” – which does not yet really exist – on Thursday at the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, according to TIME Magazine.

The Palestinian Authority is obligated under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords to negotiate its final status with the State of Israel before any “State of Palestine” can ever be achieved.

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Numerous legal experts have noted repeatedly that in taking its case unilaterally on behalf of the PA to individual nations and the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has deliberately evaded its responsibility to reach a peaceful and equitable agreement with Israel and has violated international law.

None of which seems to have troubled Sweden’s new prime minister.

“Some will claim that today’s decision comes too early. I’m rather afraid it’s too late,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom wrote Thursday in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

“The past year, we’ve seen how the peace negotiations once again have halted, how decisions on new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have obstructed a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza.”

Sweden’s government expressed the hope that recognition would support “moderate” forces among Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, make future negotiations more equal and bring hope to younger people there for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Spokespersons for the governments of Denmark and Norway both told media earlier this week that neither nation would recognize the PA as a sovereign nation until a “mutual” agreement with Israel has been reached.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.