MOSHE SINAI 58.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
BERLIN – Rosh Ha’ayin Mayor Moshe Sinai told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the Union of Local Authorities plans to engage in a “reassessment of its relationship” with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities.
The ULA’s Dutch counterpart pulled the plug on its support for a trip of Israeli mayors to the Netherlands last month because of the participation of settler council heads.
Sinai, who head the ULA’s foreign affairs committee, said, “We are
really upset about the issue” and that “political considerations” were
given priority over “professional considerations” in the Dutch decision.
ULA has also been invited to sent a delegation to “visit the
Netherlands in late October for discussion about how to promote Middle
East Alliance for Peace,” Sinai said.
Alliance for Peace seeks to generate cooperation between the Union of
Local Authorities and Palestinian local authorities.
that in this “difficult atmosphere,” the trip might not take place. The
ULA wrote a letter expressing its concern to the organization running
the Alliance for Peace and is waiting for a reply.
Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI)
said in a statement on Tuesday that “a majority bloc in Dutch parliament
submitted a list of critical questions to the Dutch foreign minister
over his ministry’s involvement in the disinvitation.”
“This is a
missed opportunity to tell the mayors from the West Bank that the Dutch
are opposed to settlements,” said Ronny Naftaniel, the executive
director of the pro-Israel CIDI organization.
“To close the door on the delegation was not a message of criticism, but of animosity, which won’t help peace.”
to CIDI, “four major Dutch political parties submitted a joint inquiry
to Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen asking about the extent of the
involvement of the Dutch Embassy in Israel in the process which led to
CIDI noted that the query was supported by
the Netherland’s largest party, the People’s Party for Freedom and
Democracy, and the third largest, the Freedom party, which is headed by
Geert Wilders, a sharp critic of Islam and a supporter of the Jewish