Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Problem with Sweden

Here she goes again.  Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, demonising Israel.
'According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Wallstrom – who has triggered several diplomatic incidents with Israel since taking up her post in October 2014 – was asked in the Swedish parliament by Liberal MP Mathias Sundin why she has not condemned in strong terms the recent wave of terrorism in Israel.
Wallstrom said that the attacks were “terrible” and “must not happen,” and added that Israel has “the right to defend itself.”But then she went on to say that the response cannot be “extrajudicial executions” or a reaction that is “disproportionate” so that the “numbers of dead on the other side” is several times greater.
Israeli Ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman immediately responded, telling Expressen that “To focus on the actions terrorism victims take in self-defense only serves to draw attention away from the horrors of terrorism. Instead, we should condemn and act to stop the perpetrators, the financiers and the inciters of terrorism.”
 He added that Israel has a better record than any other Western country in minimizing civilian casualties while fighting terrorism.
The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem issued a response calling her words “scandalous, delusional, rude and detached from reality. The foreign minister suggests that Israeli citizens simply give their necks to the murderers trying to stab them with knives,” the statement read. “The citizens of Israel and its security forces have the right to defend themselves. In Israel, every person who commits a crime is brought in front of a judge, including terrorists. The citizens of Israel have to deal with terrorism that receives support from irresponsible and false statements like that.” ...'
 Read more here

Meanwhile, Sweden seems to be well advanced on the slippery slope that will doom it to be a failed state.

Note, for example, the following long radio discussion on the psychology (leftist, of course) behind mass Muslim immigration (only perhaps 30 per cent, if that, are actually refugees from Syria) and what it portends for the future of (indeed, how it is already negatively impacting upon) what was within living memory one of the most enviable and envied countries in Europe.

Sweden: the canary in Europe's multicultural coalmine (features Gatestone Institute's Ingrid Carlqvist who like the two other discussants speaks excellent idiomatic English):


  1. Reposting comment I read on the Times of Israel report of this absurd statement. (ToI: see

    Robert Affinity · Works at Self-Employed

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    National Police shooting in Husby ruled 'self-defence'
    Published: 01 Jul 2014 17:23 GMT+02:00

    Prosecutors offered a final ruling on Tuesday for the fatal police shooting of a pensioner in Husby, an incident which many believe was the catalyst to the riots that plagued the Stockholm suburb for a week last year.

    Stockholm cop probed anew over Husby death (25 Oct 13)
    A new investigation by prosecutors in Stockholm found that the police officer shot the 69-year-old Husby pensioner in self-defence. The case has now been put to bed.

    "I have gone through the material from the reconstruction," head prosecutor Pär G Lindell told the TT news agency, adding that the incident occurred in a very tight space.

    "The knife-wielding man was about one metre from the policeman. A firearms trainer who was interrogated said that in such situations, you have to shoot at the chest or the head in order to protect yourself.

    "It's only if you're at a safe distance that you shoot at the leg."

  2. Some nice satire
    New app alerts you each time the Swedish foreign minister says something stupid (satire)
    There’s a hot new app on the streets, and the people of Tel Aviv cannot get enough of it. Dubbed the “Mar-Go,” this application alerts you every time Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom makes a pronouncement that is inane, absurd, unfortunate, or just silly. The Daily Freier went out to get the word on the street.