OUTRAGE IN ISRAEL: Netanyahu among many who slam Swedish double standard toward Israel on terrorism
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Swedish FM Wallström reportedly accused Israel of “extrajudicial killings” in parliament last week.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out against the double standards held by critics of Israel, in his remarks at a Likud faction meeting Monday.
Netanyahu highlighted remarks by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström in parliament last week,accusing Israel of “extrajudicial executions” and “disproportionate” force in response to the current wave of Palestinian terrorism, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.
Israel gives full support to security forces and civilians, “who have the right to defend themselves,” the prime minister stated.
Netanyahu recounted that he called Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Sunday to “strongly protest [Wallström’s] hypocrisy.”
The prime minister said he did not hear Wallström call the killing of the terrorists who recently attacked San Bernardino, California or Paris extrajudicial executions.
Pointing out that Wallström said in an interview that she had been misunderstood, Netanyahu said he was happy to hear it, and that she told an interviewer she had no proof of her original claim.
“There aren’t two sets of morals, one for Israel and one for the rest of the world,” Netanyahu stated. “We will continue fighting terrorism and hypocrisy.”
According to Expressen, Wallström’s press secretary, Eric Wirkensjö, issued a statement later saying that the foreign minister did not say that Israel carried out “extrajudicial executions,” but rather was speaking in general about the importance of proportionality and the “principle of distinction” in international law, and that what
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