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Norway: Boycotting Israel is legal

Although Norway’s deputy foreign minister signed a document asserting boycotting Israel as inappropriate, the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry proclaimed boycotting goods coming from Israeli settlements was legal.

By Itamar Eichner


Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry determined that boycotting products and services coming from Israeli settlements is legal and does not contradict Norway’s international trade commitments.

Nevertheless, the assertion was said to be inappropriate, according to an internal document signed by Norway’s deputy foreign affairs minister published during the weekend.

“The government does not consider boycotting Israel’s product to be helpful in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the document said.

The document was sent as response to Tromsø district’s governor’s request to be updated about the juridical examination launched by Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry in 2016. Continue Reading »

Norwegian Minister: ‘Europe now understands what Israelis live through’

In an interview with an Israeli news site, Norwegian Minister of Migration & Integration, Sylvi Listhaug, said, “We are now experiencing the fear that you have been experiencing in Israel for decades, and now many people understand the situation you live in. We see what is happening in Sweden, Britain and France.”

By Gary Willig


In 2015, Norway accepted approximately 30,000 immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East. Only 1,000 Muslim immigrants have entered Norway so far in 2017.

The dramatic decrease in immigration is the result of the immigration policies of Norwegian Minister of Migration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug. Continue Reading »

Norway questions Abbas over aid used to fund terror


Foreign Ministry Director-General thanks Norway for making it clear to Abbas that it would not continue giving financial aid that’s passed on to jailed terrorists & their families.

By Nitsan Keidar


Foreign Ministry Director-General Dr. Dore Gold thanked Norwegian Ambassador Jon Hanssen-Bauer for his country taking Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to task over his use of foreign funds to pay jailed terrorists.

Binyamin Netanyahu, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) late last month released a report revealing Abbas’s ploy to fool the West and continue receiving its annual budget from abroad for over $1 billion. Continue Reading »

Israel’s new deputy FM calls on Norway to pressure Palestinian leaders

Israel’s new Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Jerusalem: Norway’s gov’t must understand there is an Israeli consensus that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of the Jewish State.


Newly appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) met with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende on Tuesday.

Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely meets with visiting Norwegian FM Borge Bende, Tuesday – Photo: Noam Sela

Hotovely told Brende, “We expect you to put pressure on the Palestinian leadership to recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people.”

On the future of Jerusalem, Hotovely said, “The Norwegian government has to realize that there is an Israeli consensus regarding the unity of Jerusalem.” Continue Reading »

Norwegian Foreign Minister & Lieberman run for shelter in Ashkelon as Gaza rocket explodes


Touring Ashkelon with Norwegian counterpart, FM Lieberman says Israel doesn’t need to control Gaza or build Jewish settlements, just eliminate Hamas.

By Itay Blumental, Attila Somfalvi


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende were forced to run for cover Wednesday, when a rocket fired by Gaza militants struck a building in Ashkelon during their visit to the city.

Borge (left) and Lieberman tour Ashkelon (Photo: Yaron Sharon)

Borge (left) and Lieberman tour Ashkelon – Photo: Yaron Sharon

Lieberman had taken his Scandinavian counterpart to the city, which has been battered by rockets from Gaza, and the two top diplomats ran when the siren sounded. No one was hurt in the attack. Continue Reading »

Norwegian YMCA decides to boycott Israel

The Norwegian YMCA-YWCA ‘encourages broad economic boycott of goods & services from Israel to pressure the Israeli gov’t to end the illegal occupation of Palestine’.



Norway’s Young Men and Women’s Christian Association aligned itself with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, or BDS.

Flags at the Jerusalem YMCA building. But where is Israel’s?
Photo: Oren Nachshon

The Norwegian YMCA-YWCA “encourages broad economic boycott of goods and services from Israel and Israeli settlements to pressure the Israeli government to follow up on U.N. resolutions and end the illegal occupation of Palestine,” the organization wrote in a statement published on its Norwegian-language website last week.

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Introducing Yair Netanyahu & Norwegian Girlfriend, Sandra Leikanger

Israel’s PM happily informs his Norwegian counterpart in Davos, that his son, Yair, is serious about a Norwegian student.

By Israel Today Staff


A smiling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Norwegian counterpart, Erna Solberg, in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, and one of the topics on the agenda was Netanyahu’s son’s new Norwegian girlfriend.

Netanyahu reportedly revealed to Solberg that his son, Yair, had recently vacationed in the northern part of Norway with his new girlfriend, , a Norwegian national who is currently studying at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Norwegian news agency Dagen managed to snag some photos of Yair and Sandra together in Norway from her Facebook page. Continue Reading »

Norwegian Minister: We don’t see boycott as tool to promote positive change


Norway’s record of hostility towards Israel is now assuming a more balanced policy, enhancing cooperation in various fields such as energy & television. Norway’s PM Solberg is expected to make 1st visit to Israel this year.

By Eldad Beck

BERLIN – The new Norwegian government, which so far was considered one of the most hostile administrations facing Israel, is working towards bracing the ties between the two countries and enhancing mutual cooperation in an array of fields.

Norway’s PM Erna Solberg left, & right, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany – Photo: POLFOTO/AP


The conservative-progressive minority government, which was established some three months ago, included an article in its elections platform that states that the government will change its Middle East policy and implement a more balanced course of action. Continue Reading »

Norwegian delegation asks for Israel’s forgiveness in Jerusalem

Norway’s Christian leaders arrive at the Knesset, asking forgiveness over Norway’s attitude, pledging their support for Israel and hopes in forming a new Christian political party, saying Israel belongs to the Jews.

By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar


Pastor Terje Ligerod, head of the Norwegian delegation of roughly 40 Christian leaders visiting Israel this week, told Arutz Sheva that his group came to ask forgiveness for Norway’s antagonism towards Jews, and to pledge support for the Jewish state.

Norway Delegation at Israel’s Knesset, Asks for Forgiveness – IsraelNationalTV Screenshot

Ligerod noted “we believe we are called as a nation to be an ally and to support Israel, and we as leaders want to work for change in our country, and for a repentance among the Christians in our country, we want to support Israel.” Continue Reading »