Israel to summon Sweden’s envoy over Palestine recognition

F101109KG05-e1412456954196 Tzachi Hanegbi (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

Israel’s Foreign Ministry will summon Sweden’s ambassador to Israel to protest Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s announcement in his inaugural speech that his government would recognize the State of Palestine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Saturday evening that actions such as the planned Swedish recognition would hurt peacemaking efforts rather than strengthen them.

“The more international support the Palestinians receive without being required to negotiate and without paying their due in mutual concessions, the less likely an accord becomes,” he told Israel Radio.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement Saturday that “If the situation in the Middle East is what concerns the Swedish prime minister in his inaugural speech, he would be better off focusing on more pressing matters in the region such as the daily mass killings taking place in Syria, Iraq and other places”…