Why Sweden recognized Palestinian state

Sweden joins Malta and Cyprus, as the third European nation officially recognizing a Palestinian state.  The British Parliament also voted to recognize the Palestinian state earlier this month, in a symbolic vote. 

By , Associated Press

(AP Photo/Annika af Klercker)

Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.