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Thursday, April 27, 2006

More Trouble Between Sweden and Israel

Yesterday, I reported that Sweden canceled its participation in an international air force exercise because Israel is also participating.

Late last week Sweden quietly granted a visa for a senior member of Hamas to visit Sweden on May 16.

Today, Swedish Ambassador to Israel Robert Rydberg was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry to explain his government's decision to give visas to Hamas members to enter Sweden and its decision to withdraw from the air force exercise.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Ron Prossor said that Stockholm's decision effectively legitimizes terrorism, and that one cannot make a distinction between a terrorist organization and its members. Prossor also said that whoever disqualifies Israel, disqualifies himself from any role in the middle eastern peace process.

The meeting was reported to be 'difficult.'

Update 8:30 PM

In response to yesterday's post on this subject, a blogger named Diasporavoice, who is a Swedish Jew, sent me a link to his blog.


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