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Sweden Officially Recognizes Palestine As A State

Shilpa Nagesh |
October 30, 2014 | 12:22 p.m. PDT

Supervising Executive Producer

Today, Sweden's government announced on Twitter that it officially recognizes Palestine as a state.

READ MORE: Only Sovereignty Can Bring Peace With Palestine

Earlier this month, newly elected Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven said that the only way to resolve the tension between Israel and Palestine was to divide them into two different states. "[A solution] requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful coexistence," he said.

Israel is concerned that other European countries will follow Sweden since it could interfere with border negotiations with Palestine.

“The Swedish government must understand that relations in the Middle East are more complex than one of Ikea’s flat-pack pieces of furniture, and would do well to act with greater sensitivity and responsibility,” said foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Read more at the New York Times.

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