Although Sweden is the only European country that formally recognizes a “State of Palestine,” Swedish Ambassador Magnus Hellgren insists his country does not have an anti-Israel foreign policy.
– Amb. Hellgren, “If a single Jew,” feels they must hide their Judaism, “we have failed.”
Swedish authorities have failed to protect the country’s Jewish community, the Scandinavian country’s ambassador to Israel said following antisemitic incidents in Malmo and Gothenburg.
Magnus Hellgren said this in an interview for the Israeli daily Makor Rishon following the attempted torching of the Gothenburg synagogue and cries about killing Jews in Malmo. Both events happened amid protests over President Donald Trump’s Dec. Continue Reading »
According to an Israel TV 2 news report on Saturday evening, P.M. Netanyahu, for the second year in a row, refused an invitation for a sit-down meeting with Sweden’s P.M. Lofven, citing ‘scheduling conflicts’.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly declined a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on the sidelines of next week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, reportedly in part due to the country’s recognition of a Palestinian state and past criticisms of Israel.
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Swedish Prime Minister in meeting with Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accompanied him.
Some 15 years after Swedish airline SAS ended their direct flights from Stockholm to the Red Sea resort town because of the 2nd Intifada, the route is reopening as Israel’s Tourism Ministry and Eilat hotels are offering incentives to airlines to fly in tourists.
By Ronit Zilberstein
Decades ago, Swedes used to enjoy escaping from their long, cold winter with a direct flight to the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat, where they often would spend some time soaking up the sun as the first stop en route to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
That came to an end when direct flights from Sweden to Eilat ended some 15 years ago, because of the Second Intifada. Continue Reading »
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, staunchly anti-Israel, is scheduled to arrive in Israel and travel to the Palestinian Authority on Thursday, was officially informed that top Israeli officials have no time for her.
By Itamar Eichner
The Israeli government has decided to shun Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström’s upcoming visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Thursday.
Wallström is a vocal critic of Israel and has made several controversial statements in the past. Her government also holds one-sided pro-Palestinian positions. She previously accused Israel of conducting “extrajudicial executions” of Palestinians committing terror attacks and seemed to imply that there was a connection between Islamist terrorism in Europe and the “desperate situation” of the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
MK Lapid: “We are standing here in Wallenberg Square, in memory of the Swedish diplomat who during the Holocaust saved my father…Your gov’t and, in particular, your Foreign Minister, are now on the wrong side morality. However, Wallenberg’s legacy, the legacy of moral courage, still exists in Sweden.”
By Yoel Domb
The head of the “Yesh Atid” party, MK Yair Lapid, attended a pro-Israel rally today (Sunday) in Stockholm, Sweden, together with hundreds of supporters of Israel, members of the Swedish Parliament, students and representatives of the Jewish community in Stockholm.
The rally took place in the wake of a surge in anti-Semitic statements over the past few months in Europe in general and specifically in Sweden, and in the wake of the delegitimization campaign recently orchestrated by BDS. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM denounces the Swedish FM’s attempt to delegitimize the response of Israeli security forces for shooting at Palestinian terrorists as they attempt to knife Jews to death.
By Nitsan Keidar
Prime Minister Binaymin Netanyahu on Thursday night responded for the first time to the latest inflammatory comments of Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom against Israel, which were made on Tuesday.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom – Reuters
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Wallstrom called to investigate the Jewish state for “executing” Palestinian Arabs, in an attempt to delegitimize the actions of security forces killing Arab terrorists as they conduct an attack. Killing the terrorists is often a matter of life or death in preventing further victims, as in many cases the terrorists continue attacking after being shot
Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom’s remarks during a session of parliament distracted attention away from the victims of terrorism and the horrific acts of Palestinian terrorists, by focusing blame on the Jewish State.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Sweden’s foreign minister is apparently mastering the craft of angering Israel when the opportunity arises.
Last month, Israel condemned as “shockingly hostile” comments by Margot Wallstrom that seemed to link the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the ISIS-backed terrorist attacks in Paris.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom – Photo: AFP
In October, Wallstrom irked Israel with a tweet about the wave of terror sweeping the country. Continue Reading »
Israel’s ambassador to Sweden, “These are extremely troubling instances of a grotesque but nevertheless very real, & murderous, incitement…”
Hundreds of protesters in the Swedish city of Malmo were filmed chanting in Arabic about slaughtering Jews and stabbing soldiers.
A protester chants slogans near a banner reading “Boycott Israel” during an anti-Israel march in Malmo. – Photo: REUTERS
Pro-Palestinian groups organized a rally Monday in the city center against what they consider Israeli violence and to show solidarity with Palestinians amid deadly measures taken by Israeli authorities to stop the recent spate of attacks on Jews in Israel and the West Bank. Continue Reading »
Citing financial concerns and political instability, Scandinavian Airlines announced it will halt their flights to Tel Aviv as of March 2016.
By Reut Hadar
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced on Monday it would be stopping its flights to Israel, citing “political instability” as being behind the decision.
Scandinavian Airlines airplane – Photo: Reuters
In addition to flights to the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, the airline also announced it would no longer include Moscow and Ankara among its destinations either.
Flights from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv will cease in March of 2016, the airline announced, a little more than three years after Scandinavian Airlines launched its flight to Israel. Continue Reading »
Israel Foreign Minister Lieberman announced he would ignore her after Sweden became Europe’s 1st country to recognize Palestine as a state.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem has postponed indefinitely a planned visit to Israel. Although no reason was provided, Israeli media speculated the decision was the result of a snub by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who announced he would not meet with her because her government had recognized the Palestinian Authority as a Palestinian state.
Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallstroem – Photo: AFP/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND
Israel recalled its ambassador to Stockholm, Isaac Bachmann, in response to the decision adopted in October by Sweden’s new government, but has since sent him back to his post. Continue Reading »
The UN panel against torture reported on Sweden’s illegal treatment of minors, minorities, and refugees prompted the Israeli envoy to hit back at the country that hypocritically criticizes Israeli policy in territories.
By Itamar Eichner
A United Nations report accusing Sweden of violating human rights of refugees, minors and minorities has been serving as a basis for a diplomatic settling of scores between Stockholm and Jerusalem, with critics saying Sweden must take a hard look at itself before it slams Israeli policy towards Palestinians.
Sweden’s Riksdagshuset – Photo courtesy, Wikipedia Commons
The report, presented by the United Nations Committee against Torture, criticized the treatment of children in Swedish detention and custody. Continue Reading »
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Foreign Minister described Sweden’s official recognition as “a miserable decision that strengthens the extremist elements & Palestinian rejectionism.”
STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s center-left government on Thursday officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so.
The new center-left Swedish government – Photo: AP
The EU member country joined only two other Western European countries — Malta and Cyprus — that have officially recognized a Palestinian state.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled. Continue Reading »