THE HAGUE/BERLIN – The Netherlands will not condemn Israel for breaking ties
with the UN Human Rights Council, the Dutch minister for European Affairs and
International Cooperation said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile in Germany, Israel
received support from the Berlin chapter of the youth organization of the Social Democratic Party who
passed a “Solidarity with Israel” resolution earlier this week.
cabinet intends to wait for the Israeli government’s official statement on its
relations with the UNHRC due sometime next week, Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Ben Knapen said in replying to a parliamentary query.
Knapen went on to
criticize the council’s proposed fact-finding mission on settlements.
comparison with other such missions, we think the mission to Israel was
disproportionate,” he added.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman announced
Israel would no longer cooperate with the UNHRC on Monday, after the council
passed a resolution to launch a probe into how settlements may be infringing on
Knapen was asked whether the cabinet intended to
criticize Israel together with other EU countries, in a query by Frans
Timmermans, an MP for the Dutch Labor.
In his reply, Knapen said the
council singled Israel out for criticism. During the last six years, the council
saw the passing of 43 resolutions against Israel compared to five against
The Dutch daily Reformatorisch Dagblad reported that MPs Raymond
De Roon of the Party for Freedom and Joel Voordewind of the ChristenUnie party
inquired whether the Netherlands might itself leave the Council.
replied that a number of other UN organizations also needed a few decades to
define where their authority lay.
“In that respect I feel we should not
be discouraged,” he said.
In Berlin, the youth organization of the German
Social Democratic (SPD) party passed a “Solidarity with Israel” resolution at
their convention supporting Israel’s right to military self-defense measures
against Iran’s nuclear program. The SPD Berlin youth organization plays a role
in cultivating future leadership for the national, regional and local
According to the resolution, “After we stood behind Israel’s
right to self-defense in 2006 and 2009 against Hezbollah and Hamas, we are now
reacting to the current threat from Iran’s nuclear program.”
resolution continued, “if diplomatic measures, that is also sanctions, do not
lead to success” we defend targeted military strikes against Iran’s atomic
The young social democrats slammed SPD deputies Rolf Mütenzich
and Uta Zapf for working to prevent a military option to force Iran to abandon
its nuclear program.