Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly refused to meet with pro-Palestinian Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, who is due to visit on Thursday.
According to Haaretz,Â Wallstrom will arrive in Israel on Thursday, but will be met by no Israeli officials, whoÂ claimed the move is due to scheduling conflicts, but informed sources attributed the snub to Swedenâ€™s pro-Palestine position.
The Swedish FM will not meet with any Israeli officials during her stay, with the government effectively boycotting her over her controversial statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A Foreign Ministry official told Haaretz that while Wallstrom had reached out to try and arrange meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other ministers, she had been informed that these would not be possible due to schedule considerations.
But the unnamed official added, according to the PNN, that the Israelis were simply uninterested in meeting with Wallstrom, due to her governmentâ€™s positions on the conflict, as well as her own past comments.
â€śWeâ€™ve reached the conclusion that thereâ€™s no one to talk to and nothing to talk about,â€ť he said.
The 61-year-old Social Democrat has repeatedly enraged Israel, starting with Swedenâ€™s recognition of a Palestinian state shortly after she became foreign minister, in October of 2014.
In one of her retorts, she identified the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as one of the factors, explaining why â€śthere are so many people who have become radicalized.â€ť
In December of last year, she called on Israel to halt what she called â€śextrajudicial executionsâ€ť against anti-occupation knife-wielding Palestinians, following up with a demand for â€śthoroughâ€ť investigations into the killing of Palestinians by the Israeli occupation army.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.