On 30 October 2014, the Swedish government officially recognized the State of Palestine. Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said that Sweden hoped its “excellent cooperation” with Israel would continue and that the decision would be met in Jerusalem “in a constructive way”.
The Palestinian leadership welcomed the move, which came amid growing criticism and frustration in Europe and the United States of Israeli settlement policies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Israel fears that the move by Sweden could lead other influential European countries to follow suit, a trend Israeli officials say would pre-empt the results of future negotiations over a Palestinian State with agreed borders.
Malta and Cyprus are the only other West European countries to have recognized a Palestinian State. Britain’s Parliament has passed a non-binding resolution to give diplomatic recognition to a Palestinian State, although the government of Prime Minister David Cameron opposes recognition at this point.