Israel alarmed at Sweden's plan to recognize Palestinian state

Responding to a statement by Swedens new prime minister that his country would recognize Palestine as a state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Sunday that such an action will not promote peace but impede it.

It was not immediately clear from Stefan Lovfen’s remarks when Sweden intended to formally recognize Palestinian statehood, but Palestinian officials welcomed the move as courageous and historic.

The time has come for the entire world to recognize the Palestinian state, said a statement on behalf of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

This month, the British Parliament is set to discuss recognition of a Palestinian state. An unidentified Israeli official told local news media that Swedens move signifies an unwelcome trend that could sweep additional countries of influence in the European Union.

Before Netanyahu made his comments Sunday, Israels foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued a biting statement regretting the position Lovfen took in his inaugural speech Friday.

He apparently has not yet had sufficient time to study the matter and understand it is the Palestinians who have for the past 20 years been an obstacle to reaching an agreement, Lieberman said.

He instructed ministry officials to summon the Swedish ambassador to Israel for what news media described as reprimanding.

The Israeli minister added that external measures cannot serve as a substitute for direct negotiations between the parties.

Lovfen did emphasize in his speech the only possible resolution to the conflict was a negotiated two-state solution that requires mutual recognition, the Swedish Embassy reiterated in a statement Sunday evening.

The last round of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority collapsed in April. Worsened by the war in Gaza, mistrust between Israelis and Palestinians leaders was reflected in their recent trade of barbs before the United Nations General Assembly.

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Published October 05, 2014

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)(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)(The Associated Press)

Elderly Palestinian pilgrims ride in an electronic car as they cross the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza 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)

JERUSALEM 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.

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Luke 23: 39 – 56 " This is the king of the Jews" Sunday bible reading with Eduardo September 28,2014 – Video




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SiriusXM Launches "Righteous Radio" with Esteemed Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of New York's Park Avenue Synagogue

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –SiriusXM today announced the new Sunday morning series "Righteous Radio" beginning Sunday, September 21st at 9:00 am 10:00 am ET on SiriusXM's Indie Channel 102. The program will be hosted by the esteemed Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Ph.D., of New York's Park Avenue Synagogue, who will engage listeners in discussion around Judaism and Jewish Culture and …

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History is made in KU and Lawrence Jewish community

LAWRENCE, Kan. History is being made for the Jewish community at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Hundreds of KU alumni, students, parents and friends came together Sunday to inscribe letters in a Torah scroll something thats never happened before in the history of KU and Lawrence.

Were fulfilling that mitzvah of creating a Torah that will be used not just when were here, but long afterwards, said David Greenbaum, who attended the historic event.

Its kind of like a once in a lifetime opportunity, said KU student, Rebeka Luttinger.

Dozens of people came out for the launch of the brand new Torah; a historic event for the KU community.

In Jewish tradition, every Jewish community needs a Torah scroll to serve as the engine for that community, said Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel.

Rabbi Tiechtel says the Torah is the heart and soul of the Jewish community.

Torah scroll is a huge task, Rabbi Tiechtel added. It takes over a year to write the Torah scroll, theres more than 300,000 letters.

He says its a mitzvah, or good deed, for every Jewish person to write a Torah scroll, but thats just not practical. its very expensive, and you have to be specially trained. Thats why a scribe all the way from Israel came in.

If one letter is a little bit off, a little bit smudged, or a little bit curved, the entire scroll is null and void, said Rabbi Tiechtel. So when you purchase a letter in the Torah, its the best deal, its as if you wrote the entire scroll!

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Israel intelligence hits back over refuseniks' letter

Scores of veterans of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defence Sunday after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its "injustices" against millions of Palestinians. The open letter, which was sent to Israel's political and military leadership last week, was one of the most high-profile expressions of conscientious objection in years. The signatories — reservists …

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Angela Merkel joins Berlin rally against antisemitism

Chancellor pledges to do all she can to fight abuse against Jews, claiming antisemitism is an attack 'against all of Germany' Germany will do all it can to fight antisemitism, Angela Merkel has said, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict. The chancellor made her pledge on Sunday to thousands at a landmark rally protesting …

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At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

By Erik Kirschbaum and Bethan John BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict. Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a rise in anti-Semitism that authorities and Jewish leaders blame …

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