The Israeli foreign Ministry issued a sharp criticism of the foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallström, who stated that the actions of the Israeli security forces can be estimated as extrajudicial execution.
«This is scandalous, impertinent, strange statement, completely divorced from reality,» — said in the comments of the Israeli foreign Ministry. — «The Minister of foreign Affairs of Sweden demands that the Israelis put the neck under the knife of terrorists, thirsting for their blood».
The foreign Ministry said that Israeli citizens, including members of the security forces, have the right to defend his life, and stressed that in the country to prosecute criminals, including terrorists, who take strength from such irresponsible statements, writes of Barack Ravid in ha’aretz.
Of the Swedish foreign Ministry, in turn, said that the words of the Minister Wallström were misunderstood. According to this version, it didn’t accuse Israel of extrajudicial executions of Palestinians, but only said that the rules of international law require proportionality and precision in the actions, and this applies to both sides.
Recall that in the discussion of foreign policy in the Swedish Parliament three MPs told the Minister that Stockholm had taken a very unbalanced position against Israel and obviously sided with the Palestinians.
Margot Wallström said in response that condemns every terror, including attacks by Palestinians against Israelis and recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself but the Israeli response «should not be like extrajudicial execution» or lead to such a large number of casualties on the Palestinian side.
Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman-Lavi said, commenting on Wallström’s statement that the Israeli moral standards in the fight against terror at least not lower than in other Western countries who are forced to fight the same threat. He stressed that if the terrorists and their instigators will undergo resolute and unconditional condemnation, the need for self-defense will disappear.
Earlier, Margot Wallström made the link between the terrorist attacks in Paris and the «desperate situation of the Palestinians». Swedish Ambassador Carl Magnus was summoned for clarification in the Israeli foreign Ministry. At the time, Stockholm is also said that Wallström misunderstood.