Swedish minister: Israel crossed the line in its response to Stockholm’s recognition of Palestine

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Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said Friday that Israel upset its close allies with its exaggerated reaction to Stockholm’s recognition of the Palestinian state and its rhetoric “crosses all lines.”

In an interview with Dagens Nyheter newspaper, Wallstrom said that “It is not acceptable the way they talked about us… It has angered not only us but also the Americans and everyone else who is dealing with them right now.”

The relationship between Israel and Sweden deteriorated since the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, leader of the Social Democrats Party, announced in his first speech before the parliament after becoming prime minister that his country would recognise the Palestinian state.

Israel claimed that the Sweden was moving hastily and its decision did not contribute to bringing peace. It recalled its ambassador to Stockholm for consultations, but he returned a month later.

The US described Sweden’s recognition of Palestine…

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