No debate to be held on Dutch position on UN Israel resolution

Sunday's demonstration in The Hague. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP

MPs will not debate the Netherlands’ decision to abstain on last week’s United Nations resolution calling for a ceasefire in Israel, because not enough parties have backed the call.

The SP and D66 said at the weekend they wanted parliament to be recalled to debate the Dutch position.

Prime minister Mark Rutte said earlier the Netherlands had abstained on the vote because Israel has the right to defend itself against terrorism.

“There were good things in the UN resolution but I would say as well, if Israel does not remove the threat, it will be the end of Israel,” he said.

However, on Monday parties on the right of the political spectrum voted against recalling parliament for the debate. Instead there will be a written round of questioning for Rutte and foreign minister Hanke Bruins Slot, broadcaster NOS said.

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