Israel Blocks Swedish Foreign Minister As Tensions Mount
Sweden Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has been blocked from going to Israel after controversial comments.By Eugene Daniels | January 14, 2016
As if relations between Sweden and Israel weren't already awkward enough, Israel will no longer host Sweden's foreign minister.
On Tuesday, Margot Wallstrom called for an investigation into whether Israel could be guilty of "extrajudicial killings" of Palestinians during the latest wave of attacks between the two groups. She told lawmakers, "It is vital that there are thorough, credible investigations into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability." (Video via U.S. Institute of Peace)
Israel's deputy foreign minister told the press, "For over two years, Israel's relations with Sweden have been severed to some degree. ... In my opinion, these comments are a terrible combination of foolishness and diplomatic stupidity." Wallstrom was supposed to visit the country Thursday. (Video via BBC)