Israel convene the Swedish ambassador in Tel Aviv to protest the announcement of Stockholm that recognize Palestine as a state. The new Swedish Prime Minister, the Social Stefan Löfven, said Friday in his first parliamentary speech that Sweden will be the first active member of the European Union to recognize Palestine as a state.
The Israeli reaction was to wait until the end of the religious holiday of Yom Kippur, on Saturday night, when the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, criticized in a statement that Sweden be concerned about the Palestinians and not ” other problems urgent, as the killings in Iraq and Syria. ” Just over a month ago ended an Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in which more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, of which three quarters were civilians. Israel recorded 71 deaths in the summer massive military operation, almost all military.
The announcement of the new Swedish Prime Minister arrived shortly after the United States and the European Union criticized in unison to build 2,600 new homes for Jews from East Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. American Affairs spokeswoman Jen Psaki recently warned that the new expansion of Jewish settlements could ” alienate Israel even its closest allies.”
The president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is preparing a diplomatic offensive seeking recognition of a Palestinian state which respects the territorial division of the pre- 1967 war plan According to this region, the new state was established unilaterally in late 2016 and have its capital in East Jerusalem, occupied by the Israeli army. The construction of new homes for Jewish settlers next to the proposed Palestinian capital will be a new obstacle to any lasting settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. The last round of negotiations ended in April with no shade of understanding. In July, Israel unleashed a military operation in Gaza to weaken the Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza since cut 2007 Palestinian civil war.
Gaza ‘s territorial boundaries are clearly delimited by fences and border walls erected by Israel, and that nearly ruined the tiny territory with the enthusiastic support of the coup regime ruling Egypt since 2013. occupied West Bank, however, is what the Israeli right and the extreme right -that means much of the political spectrum of the country and its international supporters describe as a ” disputed territory “. Despite United Nations resolutions, the West Bank suffers bites newspapers settlers slowly extend the territory under direct administrative control of Israel.
The leader of the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO) Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement celebrating the recognition of Palestine by Sweden: ” To condition the recognition of the Palestinian state the outcome of negotiations with Israel means converting it into an Israeli prerogative.”
Israel, meanwhile, allowed Sunday leaving several hundred Gazans over 60 years through the Erez crossing to pray in Jerusalem during the Muslim feast of sacrifice. It is the first time since the blockade began in 2007 that the trip to Jerusalem together many Gazans are permitted. According to Israeli sources, the total number to 500.