Lieberman To Boycott Swedish Counterpart’s Visit Over Palestinian State Recognition



Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is refusing to meet with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem during her upcoming visit to Israel next month, in response to Sweden’s recent recognition of a Palestinian state.

In October, Sweden became the first major European Union member nation to officially recognize Palestinian statehood. According to a report by Israel’s Channel 2, Lieberman is upset that the Swedish government did not listen to Israeli input on the matter, as opposed to other European countries that did consult with Israel on the issue before their legislatures recently voted in favor of a Palestinian state.

On Wednesday, Lieberman accused Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas of duplicity in interviews with Arabic and international media, saying, “I read an interview [Abbas] gave in Egypt. … He spoke about six million refugees trying to return to Israel, including himself. … [He expressed] the same uncompromising stances, the same worldview as Hamas.”

“When he is interviewed here [in Israel], he says the right of return doesn’t exist, but in Arabic, he says the opposite,” said Lieberman. “We want a real, serious partner. … We need the Europeans to understand that if they want to see peace, the PA must also be responsible-not to escalate diplomatic efforts in the international arena, but to come to the negotiating table.”


{ Israel}


  1. unfortunately, he soon will have very few foreign dignitaries left to speak with. One by one , everyone but Canada Australia and the US is lining up to vote about this.

  2. She needs pointers on how to deal with 300k terorists in her country.Maybe we can advise her on how to implement a two state solution