Dutch PM Defends Boycott Israel Movement

HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 6: (ISRAEL-OUT) In this handout photo provided by the Israel Government Press Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for a joint press conference on September 6, 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)
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Jewish News reports: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called for the end of Israeli settlements and defended Holland’s labeling of Israeli produce from the West Bank during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Rutte also called for the creation of a Palestinian state, “alongside Israel, on the basis of the 1967 borders,” during his remarks in The Hague.

“We need to preserve the two-state solution in all its aspects, territorial, social and political,” Rutte said.

“Settlement buildings needs to stop, and so do demolitions and incitement,” he added.

The demolitions likely refer to Israel’s announced plan to raze the Palestinian hamlet of Susya in the southern West Bank, which Jerusalem says is built illegally. The move has drawn sharp condemnation from Europe and elsewhere.

It was not clear what incitement Rutte was speaking of, but Israeli officials have complained frequently to the international community over what they term Palestinian incitement toward violence, some of it from official Palestinian Authority sources.

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