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Israel to summon Swedish ambassador over decision to recognize Palestinian state

  • Palestinian pilgrims cross the Beit Hanoun checkpoint on their way to the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza and then to Jerusalem, during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinian pilgrims cross the Beit Hanoun checkpoint on their way to the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza and then to Jerusalem, during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian worker checks a list of  names of registered Muslim pilgrims who are waiting to cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza headed to Jerusalem during the three-day holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The  men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A Palestinian worker checks a list of names of registered Muslim pilgrims who are waiting to cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza headed to Jerusalem during the three-day holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Elderly Palestinian pilgrims ride an electronic car to cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza heading to Jerusalem during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The  men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Elderly Palestinian pilgrims ride an electronic car to cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza heading to Jerusalem during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. In a rare gesture, Israeli authorities relaxed restrictions and allowed 550 Palestinian pilgrims to cross into Israel from Gaza to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The men had to be over 60 years old. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's Foreign Ministry says it will summon Sweden's ambassador following that country's decision to recognize a Palestinian state.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement that he "regrets" that Sweden "rushed" to make its decision without properly understanding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

On Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the ambassador would be summoned Monday.

In a declaration listing his government's priorities on Friday, Swedish premier Stefan Lofven told lawmakers that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through a two-state solution requiring "mutual recognition" and a will from both sides to co-exist peacefully. He then said Sweden would recognize a Palestinian state, but did not say how or when.

Israel fears that Sweden's move could prompt more European countries to recognize a Palestinian state.