The Israelis barred a Swedish “neo-Nazi” politician from a meeting that included Team Trump people. Team Trump said no dice.
Backing far-right Swede, Trump proxy shuns top Israeli official
Delegation cancels meeting with Tzipi Hotovely after Foreign Ministry nixed participation of Kristina Winberg due to her party’s ‘neo-Nazi tendencies’
A senior member of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and a delegation of US Republican and European lawmakers canceled a briefing Thursday with Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely over a refusal to allow a Swedish far-right member of the group into the meeting, The Times of Israel has learned.
Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on Trump’s transition team for policy and personnel, is in Israel as part of the three-day Jerusalem Leaders Summit, a gathering of conservative parliamentarians from the US and Europe.
As one of the high-level briefings organized for the group, the delegation was due to meet Wednesday morning with Hotovely in the Knesset.
Just hours before the briefing, the group was informed that Kristina Winberg, a member of the European Parliament for the Sweden Democrats, would not be allowed to join.
In protest, the entire group, including Dunlop, decided to boycott the meeting with Hotovely, according to a representative for the group.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said the decision to exclude Winberg was made due to her party’s far-right and ultra-nationalist positions.
“The Swedish representative is a member of a party with neo-Nazi tendencies and therefore the Foreign Ministry decided not to include her in the meeting with Hotovely,” Emmanuel Nahshon said. “Unfortunately the entire group decided to cancel the meeting.”
Describing itself as “social conservative with a nationalist foundation,” the Sweden Democrats party has been criticized in Sweden for its far-right and anti-immigration policies, particularly against what it calls the “Homosex lobby” and the “Islamization of Sweden.”
Earlier this month, the party kicked out one of its more prominent lawmakers for anti-Semitism after she proposed legislation to end “control of the media by any family or ethnic group,” referring to the Bonnier media group, whose controlling family has Jewish roots.
In October, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that the Sweden Democrats party had “Nazi and racist elements” following the publication of an email containing a racist joke about Jews and other minorities written by the party’s deputy vice-chair.
Trump sent a small signal to the Jews that his support of them has limits. He also sent a message to Europe and the American alt-right that he’s opposed to mass immigration into the white homelands of Europe.
One more thing. Everybody involved here is a woman. So, why are women so hard to get along with?