Swedish opposition leader Anna Kinberg Batra visited the Knesset on Monday and met with the chairman of the Israel-Sweden Parliamentary Friendship Group, MK Eyal Ben-Reuven (Zionist Camp), as well as with MKs Amir Ohana (Likud) and Stav Shafir (Zionist Camp).
According to Kinberg Batra, prior to her departure for Israel she spoke with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who asked that she relay the message that she opposes the BDS movement and boycotts of Israel.
MK Ben-Reuven said during the meeting that ”Israelis who see the [activities] of the BDS movement in Europe, and particularly in Sweden, become deterred. Therefore, there is a need for support rather than pressure.” However, Ben-Reuven added that he would be glad to develop cooperation between the Knesset and the Swedish parliament.
MK Shafir argued that the BDS movement hinders the advancement of a two-state solution, while MK Ohana told Kinberg Batra that he does not believe there is an immediate solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
”We want peace and we need peace, but I do not believe there is a partner for it,” he said. However, MK Ohana gave examples of economic cooperation and coexistence, such as factories in Judea and Samaria which employ both Israelis and Palestinians. ”This is what we should strive for,” he stressed.