Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has canceled his visit to Israel, in the face of continuing tension stemmed from an article in a Swedish newspaper.
Bildt has declared that the visit which was scheduled for September 11 has been canceled because of "bad timing", considering the ongoing talks between the US and Israel on the Middle East peace process.
However a source in the Sweden Foreign Ministry, according to Haaretz, linked the cancellation of the trip to the recent political crisis between Tel Aviv and Stockholm.
In August, an article published in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet unveiled an organ-theft scandal in Israel.
The article They plunder the organs of our sons, authored by freelance journalist Donald Bostrom, sparked outrage among Israeli officials who immediately called on Sweden to condemn the report.
Bostrom in his article had accused Israeli forces of kidnapping and killing young Palestinians to sell their organs in the black market.
The Swedish government refused to condemn the report, saying that such a move would be tantamount to violation of freedom of press.