Från Israels ambassadör i Sverige Isaac Bachman’s Facebooksida:
PM Stefan Löfven believes that criticism has a greater impact if it is not stated publicly.
In an interview with Dagens Nyheter, about his trip to Saudi Arabia earlier this week, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that he discussed human rights issues with the Saudis. But when the reporter asked the PM what he had said or if he had demanded the release of the imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, Löfven answered by arguing that that criticism has a greater impact if it is not stated publicly.
This way of thinking is certainly also applied by Sweden to the Palestinians, given that we almost never hear any Swedish criticism of Palestinian terrorism, the Palestinian Authority’s incitement or their daily anti-Semitic propaganda.
Of course, the exact opposite Swedish approach is applied to Israel.
Every criticism imaginable is aimed at Israel by Swedish officials in the media, in the Parliament, in International organizations, and in every other possible public channel.
For example, just a month ago, in the Parliament, during PM Löfven’s latest Statement of Government Policy, he made focused criticism over Israel on several issues, while he said nothing critical that was exclusively aimed at the Palestinians.
How is Israel supposed to interpret this “special treatment”?
If the policy of the Swedish government is, that discreet criticism is the most productive form of criticism – does that mean that Sweden is purposely playing a counter-productive role when it comes to Israel?
For example, just in Löfven’s latest Statement of Government Policy one month ago he criticized Israel on several issues while he said nothing critical that was exclusively aimed at the Palestinians.
The mentioned quote can be found in this article: