Israel: Swedish FM's Allegations of Extrajudicial Executions 'Scandalous, Detached From Reality'

Margot Wallström accused Israel of executing Palestinian assailants without trial; her ministry later released a statement claiming her statement was misconstrued.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, Monday, Nov. 2, 2105.
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Israel's Foreign Ministry responded harshly on Friday to the allegations Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom made against Israel earlier in the day, in which she charged Israel with executing Palestinians implicated in stabbing attacks without trial.

"The statement is scandalous, surreal, impudent, and detached from reality," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "The Swedish Foreign Minister is suggesting that Israeli citizens offer up their necks to murders, who would stab them with their knives."

The foreign ministry stressed that Israeli citizens and security personnel have the right to defend themselves. "In Israel, any person who commits a crime is taken to court, including terrorists," the foreign ministry said. "Israeli citizens are dealing with terrorism, which is inflamed by irresponsible and false statements like these."

The Swedish Foreign Minister released a clarification, claiming that Wallstrom's statements were misconstrued. "The Foreign Minister did not say that Israel conducts 'extrajudicial executions.' The Foreign Minister made a general statement about international law and the right to self defence and the importance of proportionality and distinction. What she stated applies to all parties."