Israel Recalls Envoy after Sweden Recognizes Palestine

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Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden for "consultations" Thursday, hours after Stockholm officially recognized the state of Palestine, the foreign ministry spokesman said.

"This indeed reflects our irritation and annoyance at this unhelpful decision, which does not contribute to a return to (peace) negotiations," Emmanuel Nachshon told Agence France-Presse.

He said the recall of Ambassador Isaac Bachman was for an unspecified length of time.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem announced her country's recognition of Palestine Thursday, making it the first major European country to do so.

"Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine," she wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden's new government announced the plans to make the controversial move.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately hailed the decision as "brave and historic" and called for others to follow suit but it was denounced by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

"The decision of the Swedish government to recognize a Palestinian state is a deplorable decision which only strengthens extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism," he said in a statement.

"The Swedish government must understand that relations in the Middle East are a lot more complex than the self-assembly furniture of IKEA and that they have to act with responsibility and sensitivity."

Comments 2
Default-user-icon Abbas (Guest) 30 October 2014, 10:09

I look forward to the day when Sweden and the West will recognize hezbullah as the sole representative of the lebanese people.

Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 30 October 2014, 10:57

the beginning ...of the end for the Lebanese enemy (-:
btw, que Dieu bénisse nos vaillants Soldats !!! thanks to our Soldiers Lebanon is finally getting closer to lasting peace !!!