SWEDEN SENDS CLEAR MESSAGE TO ISRAEL – FUCK YOU – PALESTINE IS A STATE
“We are now ready to take the lead. We hope this can show the way for others.”
… Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom
[ Editor’s note: We knew this was coming, and the Swedes did it in grand style. I urge all to call their Washington Embassy to register a thank you and support. Sweden has stepped out in front, and the world will be watching carefully if extensive public support is shown, especially Israel and the US.A day later, I suggest calling the State Dept., White House and the Zionist Embassy to leave your thoughts with them. If our reaction is weak, Israel will use the rope-a-dope tactic of laying back and waiting for it to blow over and be forgotten.
The only fear the Zios have is that this will trigger two more recognitions, then four, then eight… where the US’ big bully-brother routine has a stiffer and stiffer price to pay for its blank check support.
America’s mantra of wanting to promote peace and security in the world lays in tatters now. That such a government would support a terrorist Israel comes as no surprise to anyone anymore.
Obama cannot move politically until the public moves first, as only the public can protect him from the AIPAC screaming banshees.
Way too many think that because he is president he can just change the policy with an executive order or something. But there is this little thing called Congress, which has been tunneled with Israeli espionage operations and is a disgrace of disloyalty for their subservience in that regard…Jim W. Dean ]
– First published AT VETERANSTODAY … October 30, 2014 –
Sweden has recognized the occupied state of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden in protest.
The news follows an earlier hint by Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen in his Social Democrat manifesto, during his inaugural address in October, that this would happen. The idea was quickly met with criticism from the United States and Israel.
“Our decision comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have complicated a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters.
“By making our decision we want to bring a new dynamic to the stalled peace process. Today’s recognition is a contribution to a better future for a region that has for too long been characterized by frozen negotiations, destruction and frustration,” she wrote earlier on Thursday in the daily Dagens Nyheter. “Some will state this decision comes too soon. I am afraid, rather, that it is too late.”
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has already welcomed the “historic” move by Sweden. “President Abbas welcomes Sweden’s decision,” Nabil Abu Rudeina, the leader’s spokesman told AFP.
The reaction from Israel followed soon after: “The decision of the Swedish government to recognize a Palestinian state is a deplorable decision which only strengthens extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionizm,” the Jewish state’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.
Later in the day, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the country is recalling its ambassador in Sweden in protest of the move, AFP reported. Wallstrom rejected accusations that Sweden was taking any sides in the matter.
The troubled Muslim territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been seeking autonomy from their Jewish occupiers for decades now, with many people having perished in one of the most prolonged and bloody confrontations in history.
The Palestinians have in this time also lobbied for foreign players to accept their claim to a sovereign state.
Those fighting for Palestine – currently Hamas – are labeled as “terrorists” by Israel, so Wallstrom thinks a voice must be given to what she sees as the more moderate part of the population.
The politician believes this will place them on a more equal footing with Israel in peace talks that historically often flounder.
“EU members confirmed in 2009 their readiness to recognize the state of Palestine when it was appropriate,” Wallstrom said. “We are now ready to take the lead. We hope this can show the way for others.”
She added that the fact that the Palestinians don’t have full control of their land or have fixed borders should not be an obstacle to international recognition.
A vote at the UN General Assembly in 2012 secured a de facto Palestinian statehood, although a ‘yes’ vote from most EU members is still pending. While Sweden is the first EU member in Western Europe to have recognized the state, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic have already done so.
Iceland – the only non-EU member in the pack, has also recognized the Palestinian state.