Sweden’s FM postpones visit to Israel

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem has postponed a planned visit to Israel, following the country’s public support for a Palestinian state.

Sweden officially recognized the state of Palestine in October, days after new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced that the government would do so. Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachmann, in response.

“The foreign minister has decided to postpone her visit to Israel and Palestine. Instead of next week it will take place later. No date is yet decided,” Margot Wallstroem’s spokesman Erik Boman told AFP.

The visit had been announced last month by Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said last month that he would not meet with Wallstroem while she was in Israel.