Dutch government rules out sanctions against Israel

8th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch government tells politicians it’s unnecessary to impose sanctions on Israel.

THE HAGUE – The Dutch government does not think it’s necessary to impose sanctions on Israel amid Gaza offensive.

Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen and Development Co-operation Minister Bert Koenders made the position clear in written answers to questions from MPs.

A number of parliamentary parties take the view that Israel is using disproportionate force in Gaza, and had tabled questions reflecting this idea.

A majority of MPs back a joint Dutch-Danish plan for a European Union peace mission to send a supervisory police force to the border between Egypt and the war-torn Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

The government thinks a ceasefire is impossible without guarantees to Israel that Hamas will not restock its rocket arsenals and that an EU supervisory force would make it possible to reopen Gaza's borders for humanitarian and economic assistance.

[Radio Netherlands / AFP / Expatica]

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