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‘Israel’ protests over Swedish plan to recognise Palestine

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Days of Palestine, Reports –Israeli FM to summon Swedish ambassador to ‘Israel’ to protest Swedish PM’s saying his government would recognise State of Palestine.
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Deputy Israeli FM Tzahi Hanegbi said Saturday evening that actions such as the planned Swedish recognition would hurt peace-making 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 the Israeli Radio.

During his debut on Friday, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said: “The conflict between ‘Israel’ and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law.

“The two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to co-exist peacefully. Sweden will therefore recognise the State of Palestine.”

On Saturday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement: “If the situation in the Middle East is what concerns the Swedish PM 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.”

Meanwhile, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psakia said the US looks forward to working with the new government of Sweden — a close partner — but called international recognition of a Palestinian State “premature.”