Israel Upset that Sweden Plans to Recognize Palestine State

Israel described a plan by the new center left Swedish government to recognize a Palestine state as ill considered in the absence of peace negotiations in the Middle East.

Stefan Lofven, the Prime Minister of Sweden announced the government’s decision during his Friday inaugural address to the parliament in Stockholm.

Avigdor Lieberman the Foreign Minister of Israel said on Sunday that Lofven hastened to make certain declarations, which apparently took place before he looked into the matter more and understands it is Palestinians who caused the obstacle to more progress in reaching a new peace accord with Israel.

Lieberman, writing on a Facebook page also said the Swedish ambassador would be summoned by him for a talk at the Foreign Ministry of Israel in Jerusalem.

Mahmoud Abbas the President the Palestinians said the announcement by Sweden was honorable and great. He hoped that other countries would be following suit.

The Palestinians want statehood in the West Bank that is Israeli occupied, the Gaza Strip that is currently blockaded and adjacent East Jerusalem.

They have tried to side step the stalled peace negotiations through lobbying to be recognized for their claim of sovereignty by foreign powers.

The General Assembly in the U.N. approved a de facto recognition in 2012 of a Palestine State, but most countries in the European Union have not given formal recognition.

During his speech to parliament, Lofven said the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians must be solved by a solution of two states and negotiated under international law.

Israel however says it wants the peace negotiations to resume with the Palestinians but that Abbas must first dissolve the unity government he joined with Hamas, the militant Islamist organization that is in control of Gaza and speaks about the destruction of the Jewish state.

Hamas and Israel have fought a number of wars and just recently fought for 51 days this past summer.

Israel has for some time balked at the demand on the West Bank and have added a number of Jewish settlements.

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