"The Swedish government is considering issuing a conciliatory note to bring to an end the crisis in relations between the two countries resulting form the controversial art exhibit in Stockholm, according to sources in the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem and hints offered by Swedish Ambassador Robert Rydberg. Israeli Ambassador Zvi Mazel regarded the exhibit as a glorification of suicide bombers - and protested by deliberately vandalizing the installation's presentation.
Rydberg emphasized that his government had no legal recourse to get the installation removed from exhibit, due to stringent freedom of expression laws in Sweden.
The scandal broke out after Mazel turned off the lights aimed at an installation piece made by former Israeli Dror Feiler, now a Swedish citizen, and his Swedish wife Gunnar. The Swedes - and the artists - say the installation was meant to condemn terrorism, but Mazel, backed by the government in Jerusalem, said the Feiler installation, part of an art exhibit accompanying a prestigious international conference on genocide, glorified the bomber.
"When Mazel pulled the plugs on the installation on Saturday night, Dror Feiler approached him angrily, shouting in Hebrew, "You're doing exactly what you do in Nablus. This is a free country and I can say what I want to say here, not like you in your apartheid country.""
"Despite the blunt statements of support from the prime minister and foreign minister, diplomatic sources in Jerusalem Sunday were not happy with what they called "the festival of support" for Mazel and his action. The sources said they worried Israeli diplomatic efforts to defend the government's policies toward the Palestinians and territories were adopting a strategy of "losing control," with diplomats dropping diplomatic niceties to adopt unusual and unconventional methods of protest that could harm the reputations of Israeli diplomats."