Lieberman Snubs Swedish Counterpart

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel struck back at a leading diplomatic antagonist when Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that he will not meet with the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallstrom.

Lieberman’s snub came on Wednesday night following the European Parliament recognition of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a state “in principle” earlier in the day.

“The decisions made today by the European Union do not contribute to improving the situation in the Middle East, nor do they improve the situation between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Lieberman said.

“Any attempt to place pressure on Israel will only undermine all our efforts to bring [a] comprehensive, reasonable solution to the Middle East,” he continued. “We think it’s crucial to place the same pressure on the Palestinians.”

In October, Sweden led the pack of European countries moving toward symbolic recognition of a Palestinian state, which now includes Britain, France and Spain. And on Wednesday, Luxembourg’s parliament voted to urge its government to follow suit.