Israeli Deputy FM Says Swedish Officials Unwelcome in Israel
JNS.org – Israel said that Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom is no longer welcome in the Jewish state, a day after comments she made calling for an investigation into Israel’s “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians involved in the ongoing wave of terror.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that “given the incendiary and aggressive nature” of Wallstrom’s remarks, “we have made it clear that she is not welcome in Israel.”
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, meanwhile, had said before Nahshon’s comments that Israel would be “closing the gates” to officials from Sweden. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said it wasn’t aware of that decision, Haaretzreported.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry also summoned Swedish Ambassador to Israel Carl Magnus on Wednesday to reprimand him over Wallstrom’s comments.
In December, Wallstrom had also accused Israel of carrying out “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians during a discussion in the Swedish parliament. In November, she linked the Islamist attacks in Paris to Palestinian frustration with Israel.