Dutch say Trump ‘unwise and counterproductive’ with Jerusalem move

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The US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel and move its embassy there from Tel Aviv is unwise and counterproductive, Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra said on Twitter.

‘The two-state solution remains the Dutch objective,’ Zijlstra said, adding that the UN Security Council resolution is clear: ‘ The annexation of east-Jerusalem is illegal,’ the Dutch minister said.

The foreign affairs ministry has also altered its official travel advice to Israel, warning visitors to remain alert and follow what is happening in the local media. Visitors are also being urged to avoid demonstrations and places where lots of people gather.

Two of the three other cabinet parties have also condemned US president Donald Trump’s move. ‘It’s like waving a match over a barrel of oil, letting it drop and hoping the wind will blow it away,’ said D66 foreign affairs spokesman Sjoerd Sjoerdsma.

PVV leader Geert Wilders by contrast welcomed Trump’s decision. The party submits a motion to parliament every year calling on the Netherlands to move the Dutch embassy to Jerusalem.

This year the motion was supported by the two minor Christian parties SGP and ChristenUnie (now part of the coalition) as well as the Forum for Democracy.

Kees van der Staaij, leader of the fundamentalist Protestant SGP said on Twitter: ‘Jerusalem is special to everyone but as the city of king David, it is without doubt the capital of the Jews… the Dutch embassy should also be in Jerusalem.’