Israel backs ambassador to Norway after criticizing royals

Wednesday, September 27, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is backing Israeli Ambassador to Norway after she criticized the Norwegian Royal Family and the leadership for not criticizing the shooting of Oslo’s Central Synagogue last week.

In her words, Ambassador Miryam Shomrat complained that the Norwegian Royal Family and the government did not express enough solidarity with the Jewish community and did not condemn the attack. She said that the lack of a strong condemnation of the incident might have increased the level of anti-Semitism in Norway, and that words of solidarity on the eve of Rosh Hashana would have been appropriate.

In response to the words by the Ambassador, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said that the statements made by Shomrat are inappropriate. The Jewish community in Norway was also quick to distance themselves from the statements saying that she did not speak on their behalf.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has clarified that the Ambassador did not mean to hurt the Royal Family but still supported her for speaking her mind.

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