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Svein’s Overstayed His Welcome

Norway’s ambassador to Israel has responded to Israel’s condolences to his country in the aftermath of last week’s terror attack.

By making a point to distingish Norway’s terror attack with the terror attacks we here in Israel experience.

Photo: Svein Sevje's Facebook page

Norway’s ambassador to Israel drew distinctions between the Oslo and Utoya massacres and Palestinian terrorism.

Svein Sevje said in an Israeli newspaper interview Tuesday that while the Norwergian bomb and gun rampages that killed 76 people and Palestinian attacks should both be considered morally unacceptable, he wanted to “outline the similarity and the difference in the two cases.”

Palestinians, the ambassador told Maariv, “are doing this because of a defined goal that is related to the Israeli occupation. There are elements of revenge against Israel and hatred of Israel. To this you can add the religious element to  their actions.”

“In the case of the terror attack in Norway, the murderer had an ideology that says that Norway, particularly the Labor Party, is forgoing Norwegian culture,” Sevje said, referring to suspect Anders Breivik, a Christian nativist who is opently anti-Islam and anti-immigration.

Unlike European Union states, Norway has engaged Hamas and often been fiercely critical of Israel, to Jerusalem’s dismay.

While Sevje voiced sympathy for Israeli terror victims, having experienced “the inferno” of such attacks during his posting, he saw little chance of Norway reviewing its Middle East policies.

“We Norwegians consider the occupation to be the cause of  the terror against Israel,” he said. “Those who believe this will not change their mind because of the attack in Oslo.”

He added, “Can Israel and the Palestinians solve the problems without Hamas? I don’t think so.”

If Sevje believes both “types” of attacks are not morally acceptable, why did he feel the need to make the distinction? Sounds to me like he is implying terrorism against Israel is completely understandable.

Also, leaving aside the fact he is utterly wrong – I have proved on here time and time again, the root cause of the terrorism here is not the so-called “occupation” – what kind of person would choose to make this point to a nation beseiged by terrorism, let alone at a time when we offer our shoulder to cry on?

I would suggest Israel reacts to Svein Sevje’s “occupation” of the Norwegian embassy in Tel Aviv and – to quote Avram from the Frisco Kid – shows this poor asshole the way out of town.

16 thoughts on “Svein’s Overstayed His Welcome”

  1. Jim from Iowa

    Wow, Dave, you're right on point today. What a completely absurd and inappropriate distinction between different types of attacks by the Norwegian ambassador. I also agree that, by his language, he is excusing Palestinian attacks as justified resistance against an illegal occupation by Israel. This is no way to extend the hand of friendship during the aftermath of such a tragic event in Oslo.

  2. Well, he was speaking to Israeli journalists, so he may have been confused by the receptive audience; maybe he thought that normal people also think like they do.

    "Unlike the E.U"? The E.U. doesn't have to say that; they just subsidize Israeli fifth columnists who do.

  3. What a ridiculous statement to make by an alleged diplomat.
    Apart from the fact that the Norwegian authorities are still insisting that they do not know the motivation of the killer in Norway, how can he claim to know the motivation behind all the murderous terrorist attacks in and against Israel.
    Not that I accept there can be any motivation for such attacks.
    There are 'people' who in that space where usually dwell the traits of conscience and compassion that makes us human, have only a void of darkness – a vacuum where morality, probity, and virtue do not exist. They are EVIL and are driven by a desire to kill, and will always be driven by that desire.

    1. Gerald, you mean 'there can be any JUSTIFICATION for such attacks', not 'motivation'. Palestinian terrorists are motivated by several things, one of which is a perception that Palestine is 'occupied', another being a desire to free Islamic territory from non-Muslims, another being to fight jihad, another being to seek martyrdom, another being to seek revenge for a person killed by Israelis (whether by accident or when they were setting a bomb), and another being a deep desire to belong, through attachment to Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, or whatever group offers to make him 'one of us'. But in the end, their motivation isn't too interesting. They want to kill uis: that's all we need to know.

  4. I have a theory and not sure if it's remotely right… but it seems to me that no one cared much about terrorism when people were "only killing Jews." The terrorists and their families got TV interviews and world-wide publicity and it was so cool and wonderful, so the people who encouraged this kind of "resistance" created a culture where terrorism was rewarded as "legit." Now of course, people feel like if it worked in Israel it will work anywhere. Now that the terrorists aren't "only killing Jews" people are suddenly worried about what to do.

    Perhaps if they'd have stopped it, and come out against it to save a few Jewish lives, it might not have gotten to this point. If people treat one group a certain way, they will eventually treat everyone a certain way. So once you approve of bombing Jews, you pave the way for bombing everyone else.

    It seems this guy doesn't get it.

  5. Palestinians are doing this because of a defined goal(i.e.,the elimination of Israel) that is related to the Israeli occupationexistence. There are elements of revenge against Israel the Jews and hatred of Israelthe Jews. To this you can add the religious element to their actions.
    In the case of the terror attack in Norway, the murderer had an ideology that says that Norway, particularly the Labor Party, is forgoing Norwegian culture flushing itself down the toilet.

    There, I have corrected the statement of the good Ambassador.Now will the a$$40l3 oblige us all by reading the corrected version?

  6. We could both keep him as ambassador and apologize to Turkey, for a twofer in the struggle to make Israel the doormat of the world.

    Unfortunately, what is sarcasm to me and many other Israeli Jews is perfectly serious pragmatism, “being wise rather than right” (in reality: Ending up being neither) to our politicos.

  7. Open letter to the Ambassador:
    Dear Ambassador,
    I am a citizen of the United Kingdom, you might be aware it is the country some of your countrymen sought sanctuary in when the Nazis invaded your country during WWII unlike some of your other countrymen e.g. Quisling who stayed and collaborated with the Nazis.
    To thank my country for their kindness every year at Christmas your country sends mine a large Christmas tree which is erected in Trafalgar Square.
    Might I respectfully suggest that this year you seriously consider visiting London during Christmas climbing to the top of the tree, then you can sit on it and swivel!
    Regards,
    Gerald

    1. Maybe you should read up on Milorg to get some idea of what happened when Norway was invaded…

      "Apart from the fact that the Norwegian authorities are still insisting that they do not know the motivation of the killer in Norway, how can he claim to know the motivation behind all the murderous terrorist attacks in and against Israel."

      6 days vs. 63 years. Really? REALLY?

      I'm not condoning terrorist attacks of ANY kind, but claiming you don't understand the motivation behind them won't help. At all.

      1. You are correct. We know the motivation, becasue they've tried before. At that is to kill every Jew in the Middle East, men, women and children – after the normal rape and torture, of course. That's what happened in 48.

        With all of this talk of "genocide", what is missing is that they've already ACCOMPLISHED it. In 1948, 10% of our population was killed.

      2. Ingvar are you claiming that you, as your Ambassador does, knows the motivation behind ALL the terrorist attacks in and against Israel?
        I am aware that there have been some claims by some as to what their alleged motivation was, I am also aware that these claims are a mere smokescreen used by psychotic thugs whose only motivation is to kill Jews and Israelis wherever they are.
        Please read the sentence I wrote, and you wrongly interpreted, in its context and you will see your last sentence is wrong.
        If you and your Ambassador are typical of Norwegians, leaving one side the Nazi collaborators in WWII, then I am happy that Norway is NOT a member of the E.U. nor a candidate member.

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