Press Release

ADL Calls Sweden’s Recognition of Palestine ‘A Reward for Intransigence’

New York, NY, October 30, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called Sweden’s recognition of a state of Palestine a reward for intransigence, which will only encourage Palestinian refusal to engage with Israel and intensify current tensions.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:         

We are appalled by Sweden’s reckless and woefully misguided recognition of a state of Palestine, which was unwise, untimely, unhelpful and unserious. It will do nothing to promote Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, nor bring about a real Palestinian state. The only effect will be negative, encouraging the Palestinian strategy of circumventing direct negotiations with Israel. 

The government of Israel and the vast majority of Israelis favor a mutually negotiated two-state solution, understanding that it will require hard decisions on borders, settlements and other complex and deeply emotional issues. 

More responsible governments have made clear to the Palestinian leadership that recognition will be the result of successful negotiations, which will require hard decisions on complex and deeply emotional issues.