The Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Loftin was forced to take back his remark, made during an interview with TT and definitions concerning Palestinian terror. Policies had to call the Agency with a request to change the wording.
Initially, Loftin stated that, according to international terminology, attacks with knives on Israelis by terror are not. According to the revised version, the attacks are recognized as terrorist attacks, however, the organizations conducting them, a terrorist will not admit.
Relations between Israel and Sweden deteriorated in connection with the statements of the Minister for foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. She accused the Israeli authorities that they’re executing Palestinians without trial and was bewildered by the fact that Palestinian casualties greatly exceed the losses of the Israelis.
In response the Israeli foreign Ministry accused the Swedish policy in that it forces the Israelis to substitute the neck under the knife of terrorists, ignoring the right of self-defence. A number of politicians called for the recall of Ambassador from Stockholm.
On December 6 the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he held a phone conversation with Stephen Laptenok and protested against the statements Wallström. He stressed that the actions of the police in the USA and France, such observations do not cause.
The Minister said that she was misunderstood. She stated that condemns the «knife attack» and recognizes Israel’s right to self-defence. Wallström also urged not to reduce diplomatic contacts between the two countries.