Dutch PM: Israel can learn from Mandela's legacy on peace

December 8, 2013 18:26


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Israel and the Palestinians can learn from South Africa's example and Nelson Mandela's legacy on how to achieve peace, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told President Shimon Peres on Sunday.

"After Nelson Mandela's passing, we can learn from South Africa on the victory of trust over mistrust and suspicion between the two sides," Rutte said.

"It is the same trust that bridged the gaps between blacks and whites in South Africa that can aid the peace process in the region between Israel and the Palestinians," he said, adding that "we used to think [peace] is not possible, and today we see that it is."

Rutte told Peres the Netherlands is invested in promoting the peace process. "I had a very interesting conversation the the Palestinian Authority president [Mahmoud Abbas]. I came here to learn about the peace process and see how we can continue it together."

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