It is entertaining - albeit it must be embarassing to sensible Isarelis - to see how Israel fails to understand the process of successful international neegotiation. The Presidency produces a draft document, reflecting their understanding of what is acceptable to all the parties; the parties discuss, and may modify it; andwe end up with a document everyone can sign up to. And then we have a bigmouth in Israel coming and attacking the Presidency with racist remarks about Swedish industry. What does this tell us about Israel? 1) that they don't understand international negotiation. No surprise. 2) that they can't distinguish between a country putting forward its own views and a Presidency trying to find a compromise. Again, maybe no surprise, given the Israeli reaction to the concept of "compromise". 3) that they're perfectly willing to indulge in the sort of racist remark which if made about Jews would make them (and me) scream.
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from the article: Sweden to Israel: Don't divide EU over Jerusalem stance