On his official trip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Netherlands and met with HRH King Willem-Alexander at the Noordeinde Palace in the Hague and with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The meeting was to bond a deeper political, diplomatic, innovation and economic relations between the two countries. During this trip Prime Minister Netanyahu also met with Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker, and members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee of Dutch Parliament.
Excerpts of PM Benjamin Netanyahu remarks during the press conference with PM Mark Rutte:
“Prime Minister Rutte Mark, it’s a pleasure to be back here in the Netherlands. You are a great friend of Israel, a great personal friend and I think a great champion of peace.”
“So all civilized nations must band together to defeat this scourge in Syria and Iraq. But if we don’t also band together to defeat militant Islam in other parts of the Middle East, more will die, and millions more will flee their homes. Where will they go? One place – Europe.” “I know that many in Europe are beginning to understand this as well – that Israel is not only defending itself, Israel is also helping to defend Europe. We share with you, our dear friends, our experience, our technology, and other capabilities. In the fight against Islamist terror, the Netherlands has no greater friend than Israel.” September 6, 2016 © The Office of PM Netanyahu
“Let me begin with a warm welcome to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Our two countries share a long standing relationship that means a great deal to us both. In our meeting we reaffirmed our commitments to take that relationship further, at both the government level, in business, investment and innovations.” Elaborated PM Mark Rutte at the beginning of press statement.
September 6, 2016 © The Office of PM Netanyahu
Additional: The Leadership of Israel in NATO