Sweden last month voted out the centre-right Alliance coalition of Fredrik Reinfeldt after eight years.
That allowed the Social Democrats led by Mr [Stefan] Lofven to form a government with other parties on the left including the Greens.To address burning issues within Sweden?
"A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the state of Palestine," Mr Lofven said on Friday, without giving a timeline for the recognition.Nor a reason why anyone should take him seriously either. But, what's the BBC's excuse for saying this;
The Palestinians have long sought to establish an independent, sovereign state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem as its capital, and the Gaza Strip - occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.By 'Palestinians' they mean Arabs--who were offered their own state in 1948, but turned that down, because they preferred trying to drive all Jews out of Palestine. Very few of those Arabs had any history in the former Turkish province of Palestine. It wasn't until the Jewish--'Zionist'--movement into that sparsely populated area in the late 19th century, leading to its economic development, that Arabs had much interest in living there.
Which the BBC could learn by reading reports from the likes of the British travel agent Thomas Cook who made his fortune leading Holy Land tours. Though, to do so, he had to bring everything his travelers needed with him. Including food, cooking facilities, tents, beds and bedding, horses and pack animals, and, naturally armed guards.
Or from Americans Herman Melville and Mark Twain--Innocents Abroad--both of whom were there in the mid to late 1800s and described it as a land of swamps, scrub forests and not much else. Twain said he walked around the entire city of Jerusalem in one hour.
That all changed with the Jews arriving. At least they had the good sense not to settle in Sweden.