Look­ing for a rea­son? Blame Is­rael, says Swedish min­is­ter

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

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

PHOTO: GETTY

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.