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 »
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 »
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.
By Shlomo Cesana
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »