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Former Dutch PM: Jews Should Have Been Given Country Within Germany

November 9, 2012 10:37 am 3 comments

Dries van Agt (left) with Dutch PM Mark Rutte in 2011. Photo: Wikepedia

According to reports in Dutch media, former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt told an audience at a symposium on inter-religious and intercultural dialogue today that after World War II Jews should have received their own country within Germany.

According to a report in Dutch-language daily The Telegraph, the audience, which consisted of many Muslims, gave a tremendous applause after van Agt’s speech.

Van Agt also said that it is “utter nonsense” to think that a dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians is possible, and therefore ridiculous to believe there’s a possibility for a two-state solution.

During his time in office van Agt was seen as being a supporter of Israel. But after leaving office in 1982 his opinion of the Jewish state took a dramatic turn. He has made claims that the “Israeli army is guilty of state terrorism” and has even launched a website devoted to the issue. He has often been labeled “The Dutch Jimmy Carter” in reference to the former U.S. President who is well known for his outspoken criticism of Israel.

He also told Haaretz in an interview in 2008 that “It is not Hamas’ government which is illegitimate…It is counterproductive and unwise not to talk to Hamas – also because the legitimacy of the current government in Ramallah is questionable.”

3 Comments

  • If you speak german

    http://tangsir2569.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/wem-gehort-das-land-israel/

    a site from an Iranian guy.

    Many words from Arabs(there are no Palestinians-we the Arabs told them to go…etc)and old historic ones.Israel was empty,no people.The most arabs came after the Jews came because of work.
    The anticipated average life of Arabs was 33 before the jews came.
    Now they living longer than the most muslims in the world!
    The family names say where they came from.Also many others are jews who converted under osmanic domination becauste they don´t wanted to lost their land.They know it and hide old jewish religios things at home.

    Everybody sees that he only wants the votes from the muslims.
    If the netherlands had 2 million jews he had spoken against the palistinian arabs.

    Ahmadinidschad says also the same like he….

    ps:If alle jews had come to germany,germany was the richest country in the land.Look what they have build in a land of sand and attacked every time.Even isamic preachers say the jews made it green,why the muslims can´t do anything like that?

  • Jewish people lived throughout the Arab land all the time. There has never been a problem. Muslims do not hate Jews and I know Jews do note hate Muslims. The problem of Jews and Muslims fight is an artificial one. This is man made and has been artificially created, soon after the second world war, by the Europeans and the USA. The Europeans and the USA dumped the so called European Jews in Palestine after second world war. Jews in Europe were considered as pests and vermin and trouble makers. They feel Jews are trouble makers and they need to be contained and so the with the help of the British Jews were dumped in Palestine. The land of Palestine does not belong to any one religious group. The land is Arab land. It belongs to Jews, Christians and Muslims who happen to be majority. Present land grabbing fight between the Jews and Muslims ought to be addressed to the Europeans and the USA through United Nations. The USA and the Europeans are the very people who have created this seed of hatred in Palestine. No one speaks about it. If the some parts of land in Palestine belongs to the Jews solely, land for Jews only, does that mean the vast majority of the Jewish people living scattered all over the world are illegal immigrant citizens of the world!

  • freddy hollander

    Mr van Agt is a Jezuit Anti Semite and a tremendous hypocrit. Thesame person that once claimed ” I am an Arian” and wanted to release three convicted war criminals. His hate of he Jews is much bigger than his concern for the Palestinian people. And he has been sponored by other Anti Semites

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