The Swedish parliament has recommended cutting arms exports to undemocratic countries, part of a push to prioritize human rights in its foreign policy that has already irked Israel and many Arab countries.

Sweden is the world’s 12th biggest arms exporter, with arms companies like SAAB responsible for thousands of jobs. Sweden, though proud of its neutral status, exported arms worth 11.9 billion Swedish crowns ($1.44 billion) to 55 countries in 2013.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s center-left government has emphasized the promotion of human rights and feminism in its foreign policy, sparking criticism that Sweden is hurting its local industry while ignoring growing threats such as Russia. […]