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Israel’s Foreign Ministry Says Swedish Decison to Recognize Palestinian State Harms Peace Talks

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A Jewish activist in Sweden filed for asylum in protest of passed laws infringing on her faith. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jerusalem Post – The announcement by Sweden’s new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that his country will recognize the “state of Palestine” harms the peace process because it creates unrealistic expectations among the Palestinians that they can reach their goals without having to negotiate, senior diplomat Aviv Shir-On told the Swedish ambassador on Monday.

Shir-On, the ministry’s deputy director-general in charge of western Europe, summoned the ambassador, Carl Magnus Nesser, to protest the remarks the newly elected Social Democratic prime minister made in his inaugural address to parliament.

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