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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman turned down a Swedish diplomatic request to meet next month in Jerusalem.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom’s request was rejected in retaliation for her country’s unilateral decision to announce its formal recognition of the “State of Palestine.”

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The European Union adopted a resolution on Wednesday supporting in principle the recognition of “Palestine” as well. The motion that passed read, “The [European Parliament] supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

Sweden was the first major European nation to make such a move, considered a diplomatic slap to Israel and an outright rejection of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords. The Palestinian Authority has spent years carefully lobbying nations around the world for precisely this result, which allows the entity to evade its responsibilities and obligations under the Oslo Accords to reach a final status agreement via negotiations with Israel.

In response to Sweden’s announcement, Israel’s foreign minister immediately recalled Ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman for consultations. Liberman has also roundly condemned the Swedish government’s decision and snubbed its prime minister, Sefan Lofven, over the issue.

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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.

12 COMMENTS

  1. It was 100% the right thing to do and Israel should not recall but withdraw their Ambassador to Sweden and expel the Swedish Ambassador from Israel until they retract. Israel and the Jews do not need the so called Friends that stick a large knife into your back, and do the same with any other country that does the same.

  2. How can Sweden be taken seriously? News from Sweden today 21 women and girls under 13 and one as young as 4 years have been raped by an illegal muslim immigrant. Who is about to be granted asylum. Israel cut all relations with Sweden and let it fall into the cesspit of its own making.

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