Earlier this week Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom accused Israel of carrying out extra-judicial executions. Yesterday the Swedish Prime Minister, in attempting to “clarify” her comments, stepped right into the hole that she had dug, and then continued digging. He had the brazen gall to deny that the knifings carried out by incited Palestinians constitute terrorism:
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Monday tried to improve the strained ties between his country and Israel, but only raised more ire when claiming stabbing attacks were not considered terrorism.
“No, it is not classified as that. There is an international classification when it is, or is not. What I know is not classified as terrorism,” he told Swedish news agency TT.
Löfven claimed Wallström’s comments were merely misunderstood in Israel, and that “to say the foreign minister accuses Israel of such an action (extrajudicial executions) is completely wrong. She never said that.”
Both Wallström and Löfven claimed the foreign minister did not specifically mean Israel in her comments.
“The situation in the Middle East is difficult enough without having to be encumbered by misunderstandings about anybody’s intentions,” a joint statement issued by Löfven and Wallström said.
Löfven later called the news agency in an attempt to clarify his own comments.
“I was referring to the fact it is not clear whether these knife attacks have been organized by some classified terrorist organization. But organized attacks are precisely acts of terrorism,” he said.
What a bumbling fool! He opened his mouth and put his foot in it. These European politicans have such an ingrained anti-Israel attitude that even when they think they’re being “helpful” or “clarifying” their comments, it comes out wrong and only makes matters worse. They are all in need of urgent re-education.
It is therefore extremely gratifying to find that not all Swedish lawmakers are so biased or so blind. Kent Ekeroth, a member of the Swedish Parliament for the Sweden Democrats party (see the link for a Times of Israel profile of him and his part-Jewish background) debated Wallstrom on the issue of the Middle East and took her and her government to task for their biased and hateful attitude towards Israel. (h/t Ido).
Watch the video below. If you don’t want to listen (or read the subtitles) of Wallstrom’s parts in the debate, you can scroll to Ekeroth’s contributions as he rebuts Wallstrom’s assertions at 3:22 minutes; 11:47 minutes; and at 20:31 minutes.
Kol hakavod to Kent Ekeroth. I hope there are many more parliamentarians and people in positions of influence in Sweden like Ekeroth, otherwise I fear for the future of Sweden. Although with the level of Muslim immigration into the country it might already be too late.