Israel to summon Swedish ambassador over decision to recognize Palestinian state

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.