Netanyahu: Sweden Concedes It Has No Proof Israel Commits Extrajudicial Killings

Swedish foreign minister denied that she had accused Israel of killing Palestinians without trial, saying that she believed she had been deliberately misunderstood by Israel.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who remarks on terror drew condemnationa from Israel, attends a news conference at the Rosenbad government building in Stockholm, Oct. 30, 2014.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his strong criticism of Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Sunday, telling the Likud faction in the Knesset on Sunday that Israel will "continue to fight against terror and we will continue to fight against hypocrisy."

Netanyahu was responding to media reports that Wallström had accused Israel of carrying out extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during a parliamentary response on Friday.

"I told [Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in a telephone conversation on Sunday] that I hadn't heard her describe the California incident in which the terrorists were killed as execution," the prime minister said. "Nor did I hear anyone say that the killing of the terrorists in Paris was execution."

"I was pleased to see that the Swedish foreign minister appeared on Swedish TV last night saying that her comments had been misunderstood," Netanyahu added. "The interviewer asked her if she had proof of what she said were executions and her answer was a straightforward 'no.'"

In the same interview, Wallström denied that she had accused Israel of extrajudicial killings and said that she believed she had been deliberately misunderstood by Israel.

"I talked about it as a phenomenon of international law and how serious it is," she told the television interviewer. "We must prevent this from happening both here and in other crises and situations."

"It is very sad that there will be strong reactions in error," Wallström added. "It is important that it be corrected and that everyone hears that I have clearly condemned the knife attacks against Israelis. It is a dangerous situation and Israel has the right to defend itself."  

Netanyahu told the Likud representatives that "there can't be one morality for the rest of the world and another for Israel. We're not prepared to accept it. We will continue to fight against terror and we will continue to fight against hypocrisy."

Israel's foreign ministry and the ambassador in Sweden also issued strong condemnations of the foreign minister.