Sunday, October 5, 2014

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Israel Slams Sweden Over Palestine Pledge

By Al Jazeera and agencies, Oct. 5, 2014,

Israel has summoned Sweden's ambassador in Tel Aviv after the Scandinavian country's newly elected prime minister pledged that his government would recognise a Palestinian state.

Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said Stefan Lofven was rushing to a decision without understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Avigdor Lieberman said that he regrets that the new prime minister was in a hurry to make statements on Sweden's position regarding recognition of a Palestinian state, apparently before he had time even to study the issue in depth," Lieberman's office quoted him as saying, in a statement issued late on Saturday.

It added that Sweden's ambassador to Israel, Carl Magnus Nesser, "will be invited for a talk at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem," but did not say when.

A Swedish foreign ministry spokesman said Nesser had been summoned to the ministry on Monday.

Social Democrat leader Lofven - who narrowly won last month's general election - said in his inaugural speech on Friday that his government wanted to bolster a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

No timeframe for the formal recognition of a Palestinian state has been announced. The decision does not need parliamentary approval to be enforced.

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