Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the Swedish decision to recognize Palestine as a State, and said this decision in coherent with International Law and all related resolutions and treaties.Abbas stated this decision served as a message to Israel in response to its ongoing illegal occupation of Palestine, and called on world countries to do the same so that the Palestinians can establish their independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He added that the Swedish decision was a historic move that comes in response to Israel’s ongoing violations and occupation.

Abbas also called on world countries to follow Sweden’s lead to increase the chances of achieving comprehensive peace.

Presidency spokesperson Nabil Abu Rodeina said the decision complies with International Law, and all related UN resolutions, especially the 2012 UN recognition of Palestine as an observer member state.

Israel was angered by the Swedish recognition of Palestine, while Israeli Foreign Minister recalled the ambassador for what he called “consultations.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said this decision just causes more damage, adding that Sweden does not seem to understand that “Middle East politics are more complicated than assembling furniture in its IKEA stores.”

Israel recalls ambassador after Swedish government recognizes Palestine