Wall­strom calls for probe into killing of ter­ror­ists

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

YET AN­OTHER provoca­tive state­ment by Swe­den’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mar­got Wall­strom brought an­gry re­sponses from Jerusalem this week.

On Tues­day, she said that there was a need for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into “ex­tra­ju­di­cial” killings of Pales­tini­ans by Is­raelis dur­ing the re­cent ter­ror wave.

This was just one in a se­ries of sim­i­lar state­ments that have been de­scribed by the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry as “ir­re­spon­si­ble and deliri­ous”.

Last month, in a par­lia­men­tary de­bate in Stock­holm, she con­demned the ter­ror at­tacks but added that the Is­raeli re­sponse — around half of the at­tack­ers have been shot dead at the scene — was “dis­pro­por­tion­ate” and could be “ex­tra­ju­di­cial ex­e­cu­tions”. On Tues­day, she re­turned to the same theme, say­ing: “It is vi­tal that there is a thor­ough, cred­i­ble in­ves­ti­ga­tion into th­ese deaths in or­der to clar­ify and bring about pos­si­ble ac­count­abil­ity.”

The For­eign Min­istry in Jerusalem said that such state­ments were “giv­ing sup­port to ter­ror­ism”.

Re­la­tions be­tween Is­rael and Swe­den have de­te­ri­o­rated since the So­cial Demo­crat Party came to power in 2014. One of its first de­ci­sions was to recog­nise a Pales­tinian state.

Ms Wall­strom has be­come the fo­cus of the ten­sion. Two months ago she ap­peared to link the ter­ror at­tacks in Paris to the con­flict be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans, al­though her of­fice de­nied she had made the con­nec­tion.

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