No confidence in Sweden as peace negotiators
Stefan Löfvén, the PM of Sweden’s new socialist-green government, has invited Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), to an official visit to Sweden, which is planned to take place on the 10th February.
One of the first decisions taken by the new Swedish government in October 2014 was very controversial, as it acknowledged the PA as a state “Palestine” without beforehand having consulted or even informed Sweden’s oppositions parties, nor the Israelis.
Margot Wallström, Sweden’s new minister of foreign affairs, claimed that the ackowledgement would give new possibilities to talk with the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank (i.e. Judea and Samaria) and Gaza. Of course the decision came as a shock to the Israelis, as Sweden thereby gave it’s support to a PA then governed by a united Fatah and Hamas, classified internationally as a terrorist organization. Why would Sweden support terrorism, openly aiming at the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people? The only reasonable explanation to this is that the members of the new Swedish red-green government are anti-semites and anti-zionists.
The Swedish Foreign Minister offered Mr Kerry, the US Foreign Secretary, Sweden’s assistance should there be a renewed peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinian Arabs. However, as PM Löfvén acted one-sidedly without having heard also the Israelis before they decided to support only the Palestinian Arabs, the Israeli’s confidence in the Swedish government as peace negotiators cannot be too highly esteemed. So the likelihood that Sweden will have a role to play in a possible new peace process is virtually non-existing.
It seems as if the Swedish government isn’t correctly updated on the present situation, as neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis are too interested in a peace deal any more. For different reasons though, but that is what facts and figures show.