Don’t Expect a Thaw in Frosty Relations Between Sweden and Israel

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks after a meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 25, 2016 (AP photo by Eranga Jayawardena).
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks after a meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 25, 2016 (AP photo by Eranga Jayawardena).
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Last month, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom was denied an official visit to Israel, and Israeli officials refused to meet with her; a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said there were “scheduling problems.” In an email interview, Per Jönsson, an associate editor at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, discusses Sweden’s ties with Israel. WPR: What is behind the recent tensions between Sweden and Israel? Per Jönsson: In October 2014, Sweden unilaterally recognized the state of Palestine, the first and only Western country to do so. In Israeli eyes, the move put Sweden in the category of anti-Zionist countries. […]

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