Looking for a reason? Blame Israel, says Swedish minister
ISRAEL HAS reacted angrily to comments by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom’s linking the attacks to the Middle East conflict.
Ms Wallstrom told a Swedish TV station: “We have reason to be worried, not just in Sweden but across the world, because there are so many that are being radicalised.
“Here, once again, we are brought back to situations like the one in the Middle East where not least, the Palestinians see that there is not a future. We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.”
The I s r a e l i F oreign Ministr y immediately issued a statement saying: “Those who engage in hopeless attempts to link the terror attacks by Islamic extremists with the difficulties between Israelis and Palestinians are misleading themselves as well as the public opinion of their country and the international community.
“The Swedish minister is systematically biased and one-sided against Israel.”
The Swedish Embassy in Israel later issued a clarification via Twitter, stating that the foreign ministry “has not said that Israeli Palestinian conflict is linked to tragic events in Paris. Sweden condemns all acts of terrorism”.
And Dr Moshe Kantor from the European Jewish Congress said of Ms Wallstrom’s comments: “She has completely ignored the remarks made by those b e h i n d t h e attacks, Islamic State organisation, almost as if depriving them of any a g e n c y f o r their reactions.
“T h e p r o b - lem is not so much that Israel is once again blamed for events that it played absolutely no role in, the larger issue is that if some in the West continuously i gnore the true motivations behind these terrorist attacks they will never be able to prevent the next one.” Margot Wallstrom
Malaysia’s former prime minister also blamed Israel, citing the fact that the State was created after a war with the Arabs.
“Before that, there were no such terrorist attacks anywhere, not even in the Middle East,” said Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“The only terrorist attacks before the creation of the state of Israel were by the Haganah and Irgun, which are terrorist organisations. “Butof coursewhenyoutakeapeople’s country and they have to fight, they don’t have airplanes, battleships and tanks.
“So they fight in the only way they can, and it takes the form of what we call terrorism.
“If they want to solve this problem, they must accept some formula where they can regain their land and go back to their c o u n t r y ; then only there will be peace,” he said.
Wemust either accept adesperate situation or resort to violence