Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks during a news conference Thursday Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden’s new government officially recognized a Palestinian state. Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden made the move because Palestine had fulfilled the international law criteria required for such recognition.

“There is a territory, a people and government,” she told reporters in Stockholm.

Israel was quick to condemn Sweden’s announcement, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman describing it as “a miserable decision that strengthens the extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism.”

“It’s a shame that the government of Sweden chose to take a declarative step that only causes harm,” he added.

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2 thoughts on “Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

  1. Political pressure and correctness takes the devils side again. I wonder how it would go over with Wallstrom if a group of European ethnic immigrants or even a high population of muslims that have migrated to Sweden would want to declare their own state in Sweden. Probably not so well.

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