Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Thursday, characterizing her recent statements calling for an investigation of Israeli “extrajudicial killings” as “outrageous, immoral, unjust and just wrong.”
He later added another adjective – “stupid” – though he stopped short of endorsing comments made a day earlier by National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz, who intimated that Wallstrom’s comments were anti-Semitic.
Speaking at the annual New Year’s reception for the foreign press, Netanyahu said he did not examine Wallstrom’s motives.
“Israel is not above criticism, but it should be held to the same standards that everyone else is being held to,” he said.
“People are defending themselves against assailants wielding knives about to stab them to death and they shoot the people, and that is extrajudicial killings?” So why, the prime minister asked, were the killing of the recent terrorists in San Bernadino, California, or the shooting recently of a knife-wielding terrorist in Paris also not “extrajudicial killings?” “Does the Swedish foreign minister suggest there be examinations of what happened there in Paris or in the United States?” he asked. “This is definitely wrong and singles out Israel in an absurd way.”
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