The Nordics have a tendency of being very thin skinned, must be from the arctic blasts over the long extended winters. They can sure as hell dish it out, but can’t take a tenth of what they deliver.
Sweden’s government, politicians, media and academia and various NGO’s have been doing exactly that against Israel and for decades. It’s rich as well as laughable that they’re crying foul now, after all of what they’ve done to demonize and de-legitimatize the Jewish state for acting in their own citizens’ best interests. Cry me a river.
‘There’s a tendency in Israel to demonize Sweden’
Sweden’s ambassador to Israel claims there’s a tendency in Israel to “demonize” his country ever since it recognized a Palestinian state.
Sweden’s ambassador to Israel on Tuesday claimed there was a tendency in Israel to “demonize” his country and in particular foreign minister Margot Wallstrom.
In an interview with i24news, the ambassador, Magnus Hellgren, also insisted he doesn’t see the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic.
Relations between Israel and Sweden have been tense in recent years. Wallstrom in particular has come under fire for her harsh anti-Israel comments.
In 2014, then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman denounced Sweden’s decision to recognize the Palestinian Authority (PA) as “the State of Palestine”, saying that “relations in the Middle East are a lot more complex than the self-assembly furniture of IKEA”.
Wallstrom later replied and said she would be “happy” to send Liberman some IKEA furniture “and he will also see that what you need to put that together is, first of all, a partner.”
Following that incident, Wallstrom accused Israel of being “extremely aggressive” and accused the Jewish state of “irritating its allies”.
In December of 2015, she attacked Israel again, claiming during a debate in parliament that Israel was “executing” without trial terrorists who carried out stabbing attacks in Israel.
Several weeks before that, the Swedish minister provoked a firestorm of criticism, when she appeared to blame the terrorist attacks in Paris on “Palestinian frustration” with Israel.
“Since our recognition [of Palestine] in 2014, my impression is that whatever my boss says is interpreted in a very negative way and a little bit twisted,” Hellgren told i24news, adding, “I don’t say it is completely wrong but I say there is a conscious decision to try to demonize Sweden” to discourage other states from adopting similar positions.