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April 27, 2006

Senior Israeli Official: Sweden is the Country Most Hostile to Israel

The Jerusalem Post reports the claim by a senior Israeli official that Sweden is the country most hostile towards Israel.

The latest anti-Israel indications are the Swedish government's recent decisions a) to withdraw from an international air force exercise because Israel is a participant and b) to grant Hamas terrorist leaders visas to enter Sweden.

Israeli newspapers report that Sweden's Ambassador to Israel Robert Rydberg was invited to the Foreign Ministry to clarify these decisions.

During their Jerusalem meeting Director-General Ron Prosor expressed his grievance to Swedish envoy Robert Rydberg that his nation rejected Israel as a colleague in the European exercise. “Whoever rejects Israel rejects itself as a player in the peace process,�? Prosor emphasized to Rydberg. He added that Stockholm’s move “could be interpreted as support for those in the international community who call for the de-legitimization of Israel.�?

As for the decision to grant visas to anti-Israel terrorists:

The [Israeli] Foreign Ministry Director General expressed his concern regarding reports that Sweden was planning to breach the West’s boycott of Hamas, and offer entry permits to areas of Hamas activity. Prosor noted that this could be a precedential step by a European country, which could be interpreted as approval of terrorism and terror organization.

Posted by RH at April 27, 2006 12:46 PM


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