Een voorgenomen bezoek aan Nederland door een delegatie van Israelische burgemeesters is door ons demissionair kabinet geweigerd omdat er ook burgemeesters uit bezet gebied deel van zouden uitmaken.
Israeli left-wing peace advocacy group Gush Shalom on Sunday wrote to Prime MinisterBinyamin Netanyahu in response to the Dutch government’s cancellation of a planned tour of Israeli council heads in the Netherlands due to the participation of representatives from settlements in the West Bank.
"The Dutch decision is an unmistakable warning sign, written on the wall. It is but a small sample of what we can expect should you give in to the pressure of the settlers and their helpers and decide next week to resume settlement construction in the occupied territories," Gush Shalom told the prime minister..
The European Union has in the past taken similar measures against manufacturers in the settlements, academic institutions, and construction companies, but this was reported by Army Radio to be the first time that the EU took a hard line with representatives of Israeli local councils. The Foreign Ministry said that the decision was "without doubt political, superfluous, damaging, and we hope that the last word on the subject has not yet been said."
However, it was reported that Israeli diplomats were unable to repair the situation. A meeting between the Israeli ambassador in Holland with the deputy director-general of the Dutch Foreign Ministry did not prevent the cancellation, and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon’s intervention was unable reinstate the planned visit.