Swedish authorities refused, on Sunday, to allow the plane of Israeli President Shimon Peres to cross into its airspace en route to Norway, according to the Middle East Monitor (MEMO). In effect, Peres arrived late to his official reception.
When Stockholm refused the plane permission to cross, MEMO went on to say, the pilots were forced into a holding pattern over the Baltic Sea for 20 minutes until they were rerouted via Denmark’s airspace.
Peres’ office blamed Stockholm, while the Israeli Foreign Ministry pointed the finger back at his office, in addition to the airline company responsible for arranging the trip.
President Peres’ visit to Norway was met with mass demonstrations organized by popular human rights organizations and leftist parties calling for his expulsion, on Tuesday.
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