Netanyahu slams Sweden; says White House criticism ‘un-American’

Calling Obama’s condemnation of Jewish housing in Jerusalem as “unAmerican” or not “the American way” was a brilliant stroke. It harkens back to the day that Communists in America were accused of “unAmerican” activities. Ted Belman

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Sweden’s announcement it will recognize a Palestinian state, saying “Unilateral steps are in contradiction to past agreements, and they do not contribute to peace, but rather distance it.”

“Peace will be achieved only by negotiation between the sides.” Netanyahu added.

On Friday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that his new government was going to recognize a Palestinian state, the statement led to a diplomatic crisis, with Israel summoning Sweden’s ambassador for a reprimand talk at the Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Swedes have clarified their position in a statement, saying they will recognize a Palestinian state achieved through peace negotiations with Israel.

Un-American criticism
Speaking to US media, Netanyahu dismissed a recent White House rebuke of settlement construction, saying in comments broadcast on Sunday that the criticism goes “against American values.”

The tough words by Netanyahu threatened to deepen a rift with the White House over Israeli construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel came under fire last week after a Jerusalem city official signed the final go-ahead for construction of a new housing development in Givat Hamatos, in southern Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line. A day earlier, an ultranationalist Jewish group said dozens of settlers would move into six apartment buildings purchased in the heart of the predominantly Arab neighborhood Silwan in East Jerusalem.

In a striking public rebuke last week, the Obama administration warned Israel that the new project would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Netanyahu said he does not accept restrictions on where Jews could live, and said that Jerusalem’s Arabs and Jews should be able to buy homes wherever they want.
He said he was “baffled” by the American condemnation. “It’s against the American values. And it doesn’t bode well for peace,” he said. “The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it’s anti-peace.” The interview was recorded Thursday.

The White House declined comment.

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  1. @ honeybee:
    honeybee, I’m an opera lover but, NO Wagnerian opera. Too tragic.
    Most opera have tragedy in them since their themes were taken from novels and other works popular at the time they were written. Wagner NO. Some geniuses can be stupid and this anti-Semite and all his admirers can take it with them.
    I recently looked for all the envelopes they had send me from the Met. Opera when looking for donations. I collected them all and sent them back with complaints about the presentation of the opera based on the murder of a Jew. Remember the Aquilles Lauro? I can’t spell the name of the victim. I did not have to spend a penny since they were all pr-paid envelopes.
    Glad to see you alive and kicking.
    PS Brigitt Nelson is one of the great voices of our time.

  2. @ yamit82:

    “The Swedish prime minister must have been promised certified R/R 72 virgins. He will get a surprise.”

    “72 Virgins in Muslim Paradise”

    Ah, yes, I see you got the same idea that I did — on another thread (“Hamas disarming?”) — the post for which is presently in moderation.

  3. How useful is it when a non-existing state exclusive goal is to eliminate totally its opponent? The Swedish prime minister must have been promised certified R/R 72 virgins. He will get a surprise.

  4. @ Eric R.:

    Well they guard the Pope in those funny looking costumes. That should put the fear of god in any blood thirsty enemy.

    Probably drop dead from laughter. Sorry HB.

    I like Swedes (f) especially the Blondes. Problem is they don’t age well over 40. I loved Ingrid Thulin Thought she was HOT!!!

  5. @ honeybee:

    Don’t mind Eric the Red!! He wants us to blow up the world with nukes. Hmmmmm not a bad idea on second thought. Ooops

    “Never Mind”

  6. Honeybee,

    Why not? The Swedes sure as f**k are not wearing them anymore. Their male soldiers are probably wearing bras and panties and forced by law to urinate while sitting on the toilet.

  7. Eric R. Said:

    I think Israel should launch a commando raid on the Swedish Parliament

    Ahhhh good idea Eric Rus, can the Israelis wear those cute helmets with horns sticking out the sides.

  8. Among those of us who have lived most or all of our our lives in the United States of America, and who have served this country’s armed forces in peace and war, many would summarize trends for you by classifying much of what goes on here as all but totally anti-American — at least according to the standards of the real America of the preceding eras. So it is not merely the politicians entrusted with offices high and low, but the degradation of our standards in general.

    Those of you who live, work and sometimes fight in Israel should do everything possible to detach yourselves and your country from this now-degraded empire.

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI

  9. I think Israel should launch a commando raid on the Swedish Parliament, wipe out the leftists, and declare that Sweden is under “Zionist Jew control”. The minute that the Islamonazis in Malmo riot, the IDF should evacuate the Jews and the nuke the city to oblivion.