The Stockholm syndrome

Is the anti-Israel rhetoric of Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party down to a desire to placate the Arab world and its own restless Muslim community?

December 24, 2015 16:46
4 minute read.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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SWEDEN’S SOCIAL Democratic Party (SAP) has never been known for its sympathy for Israel. Nevertheless, the open hostility displayed by its two present leaders, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, is making a growing number of Swedes uneasy.

After a brief stint out of office, the SAP made a narrowly won comeback in the September 2014 elections. Löfven’s first declaration after forming a minority coalition government with the Greens was to formally recognize “the State of Palestine,” making Sweden the first European country to do so. This was followed by a series of attacks on Israel, as if the Jewish state was the country’s foremost enemy.


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