Netanyahu calls Swedish PM to protest ‘extra-judicial’ killing comments by Foreign Minister

Netanyahu’s phone call to Lofven, one diplomatic official explained, was taking that protest up a notch.

December 7, 2015 02:38
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Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)


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Nobody accused US law officials of “extrajudicial executions” when they shot dead the two killers in San Bernadino last week, then why use that term when Israeli security officials kill terrorists carrying out attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked his Swedish counterpart on Sunday.

Netanyahu phoned Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven following comments Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom made Friday in parliament accusing Israel of extrajudicial executions and disproportionality in responding to the current wave of terrorist attacks.

A source in the Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu spoke out very strongly against the remarks.

Netanyahu also referred to Wallstrom’s remarks in the weekly cabinet meeting, calling them “scandalous” and saying that “apparently she expects Israelis to offer their necks to those who want to stab them. That will not happen; we will continue to protect the lives of Israeli citizens.”

Wallstrom also angered Jerusalem after last month’s terrorist attack in Paris, when she made comments to Swedish Television that the Foreign Ministry took as linking those attacks to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. The ministry called Sweden’s envoy in to register a protest following those remarks.

Netanyahu’s phone call to Lofven, one diplomatic official explained, was taking that protest up a notch.

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