Did Israel's ambassador to Sweden, Ziv Nevo-Coleman, intervene in the country's political system?
The ambassador, who took office a few weeks ago, has announced in recent days a boycott against the Swedish Democrats SD.
"It is very simple. We do not have and do not want to have any ties with the Swedish Democrats. This is an extreme right-wing party with Nazi roots," the Israeli ambassador to the left-wing newspaper Dagens Nitter explained.
The Swedish Democratic Party is the most right-wing party in the current political system.
In the last election she won 18 of the votes but is boycotted by left-wing parties, and her boycott is one of the reasons Sweden has been serving from a minority delegation for many years.
In the past, the SD has indeed taken positions of the extreme right, including sympathy for fascism and Nazism, but in recent years it has become an ardent supporter of Israel, defending Israel as much as it can in the European and Swedish parliaments.
Israel has in the past avoided contacts with parties that are considered extreme right in Europe, but the public announcement of the boycott and in blatant language by an Israeli ambassador is an unusual step, which has not been done before.
Nebo Coleman also did not explain why he chose to announce the boycott right now.
In the Swedish Democrats, the Swedish ambassador is angry with the Israeli ambassador, accuses him of political interference in the country and attributes his remarks to a political deal between Foreign Minister Lapid and his colleague, Anne Linda.
"Nebo-Coleman, who despite the name does not seem to be a fun guy at all, accuses the SD of exactly the same nonsense and horrible lies that the Social Democrats in Sweden usually accuse us of and the accusations were made by an ambassador appointed by, among others, the Social Democrat sister party, The Israeli Labor Party ", wrote number 2 in the party, Mattis Hans Carlson.
A source in the party added that "the move of the Israeli ambassador was also not wise. In a year there will be elections in Sweden and there is a high chance that SD will win and be in government. Israel is already losing members in Eastern Europe. Your friends in recent years, "a party official told Israel Today.
The Foreign Ministry said: "In an interview with the Swedish media, Ambassador Nevo-Coleman referred to the fight against anti-Semitism among both far-left and far-right circles, and did not call for a boycott of one political party or another. The interview with the ambassador provoked many reactions in Sweden, mostly very sympathetic, including from the leadership of the Jewish community. Unfortunately, in the last two days the ambassador has been subjected to personal attacks against him on the networks "Socialism, some of which is clearly anti-Semitic."