Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor LibermanFlash 90

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) has taken Israel's stance to the Swedish people on Wednesday, publishing an article on his opposition to Stockholm's announced intentions to recognize a "Palestinian state." 

The article, entitled "Unilateral Action Does Not Solve Everything," was published in Dagens Nyheter Wednesday morning in Swedish. 

Liberman began by emphasizing that he believes the words of Prime Minister Stephen Lofven recognizing "Palestine" are not intended to bring a real solution to Middle East conflict in the international arena, but rather to address domestic political needs and to appease certain factions of the Swedish public.

"Over the last several weeks, we have seen how even more fanatical terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Hezbollah commit atrocities, while some even seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)," Liberman stated. "What, of all these issues, raises concerns for PM Lofven? Specifically, the Israeli-Palestinian issue." 

"This is not just a lack of balance, this is a lack of basic logic," Liberman fired. 

The mantra of "Israeli-Palestinian peace"

According to Liberman, the Israeli-Palestinian issue is not nearly as important to the international community as it is hyped to be, but is rather a means of channeling frustration over the failures of the Western world in general. 

"'Progress' in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is used, by various means, to compensate for the large number of failures and frustrations of the international community to deal with a variety of complex problems that are on the global agenda," he said. "The words 'solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict' are displayed as a magic solution to most of those problems." 

"While the entire Middle East is under fire, not to mention other arenas around the world, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is contrary to all reason," Liberman added. "There are many issues that deserve more attention from a country such as Sweden, which we welcome as sensitive to human rights - and the question also arises where concern for human rights comes into play for Israeli citizens who are forced to deal with, for years, waves of terrorism and missile barrages on thousands of homes."

The expectation for Israel to take Palestinian Arab claims more seriously than its own security is absurd, Liberman declared.

"Did those who support unilateral steps really believe that the Israeli government - any Israeli government - would cast aside the security of its citizens and the national interests of Israel, simply because someone thinks outside the region, mistakenly, that adopting the Palestinian position will resolve the conflict?" he charged. "Is the government of Sweden ready to abandon the best interests of the citizens of Sweden just because someone attempts to impose the dictates of any outside issue?"

"It seems to me that the answer is clear: governments which operate in friendship do not work to undermine the national security of their friends and pretend to know better how to deal than they regarding a variety of [national] challenges," he concluded, calling on the Swedish government to abandon the declaration of support for the betterment of all. 

Liberman's declaration is the latest in a series of back-and-forth comments between Jerusalem and Stockholm, after Stockholm declared intent to recognize a "Palestinian state." 

Israel summoned Sweden's ambassador over the announcement last week, prompting a partial retraction of the declaration, which was amended to support recognition "through peace talks."