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EJC president slams Sweden's decision to recognise Palestinian state
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EJC president slams Sweden's decision to recognise Palestinian state

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has strongly criticized comments by Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven stating that the country will formally recognise a Palestinian state.

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor described the decision as "reckless, irresponsible and dangerous".

"Sweden has placed itself outside the consensus of the European Union and has chosen to reward terror instead of embracing peace through a negotiated settlement," Kantor said.  "What exactly Sweden thinks it is recognising, the Hamas-Fatah terror coalition that supports unprovoked rocket attacks on civilians in Israel? Or is it two Palestinian states, one in Ramallah and one in Gaza?"

"Only two months ago, Hamas came close to taking over the whole of the Palestinian Authority. If Sweden really intends to actualise this statement, it may well end up with full diplomatic relations with a terror state, run by a group recognised throughout the EU as a terror organisation."   

In an address presenting his new coalition government to Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that he would recognise a Palestinian state.

"This statement by Mr. Löfven is a ridiculous contradiction," Kantor said. "He claims that a two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence, when the "Palestinian state" he wishes to recognise rejects both those criteria."

"This is a direct attack on the peace process. It favours extremism and Islamist terror during a period when the Middle East and indeed, European citizens, are directly faced with these threats."

Monday, October 06, 2014
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