Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Tuesday called for an investigation into whether or not Israel has been guilty of “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians during the current wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence in the Jewish state.
“It is vital that there is a thorough, credible investigation into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability,” Wallstrom said during a parliamentary debate on the terror wave, Sweden’s TT news agency reported.
In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry called Wallstrom’s remarks “reckless and ludicrous comments” that serve to buoy terrorism and encourage violence.
In December, Wallstrom had also accused Israel of carrying out “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians during a discussion in the Swedish parliament. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven had said he does not believe the recent Palestinian attacks against Israelis could be classified as terrorism, but then backtracked on those remarks.
In 2014, shortly after Lofven took office, Sweden became the first European Union country to officially recognize Palestinian statehood.