Dutch Freedom Party Leader Incenses Arab Countries, Stating ‘Jordan Is Palestine’

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Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, known as PVV, casts his ballot in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023. Dutch voters cast ballots in a general election that will usher in a new prime minister for the first time in 13 years, with the rising cost of living and migration topping electoral concerns in a country that plays an important role in EU affairs and global trade and tourism.(AP Photo/Mike Corder)

JERUSALEM (VINnews) —Dutch leader Geert Wilders elicited sharp reactions after he made a radical proposal on Saturday, suggesting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be resolved by relocating Palestinians to Jordan, denying their right to an independent sovereign state.

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Wilders, who is trying to form a government after his party won the election last week,  tweeted that “Jordan is Palestine”, causing a firestorm of criticism and condemnation from Arab states and the international community. Wilders, a staunch Israel supporter who once spent time on a kibbutz, is known as the “Dutch Trump” both for his extravagant dyed hair and firebrand right-wing rhetoric, including a suggestion to prohibit Muslim citizens in Holland unless they reject Sharia law.

Wilders suggestion is in stark contrast to longstanding international consensus and United Nations resolutions that advocate for a two-state solution with east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, although former US government of Donald Trump had rejected the possibility of a Palestinian presence in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates swiftly responded with a statement strongly condemning Wilders’ remarks. “Geert Wilders’ comments are not only offensive but also dangerous. They deny the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and their own independent state,” said Ambassador Sufyan Qudah, the official spokesperson for the Ministry. He emphasized that Wilders’ statements held no value or impact beyond highlighting his racism and extremism, which they considered part of a culture of hatred that should be universally condemned.

The Palestinian Ministry further characterized Wilders’ remarks as “a call to escalate the aggression against our people and a blatant interference in their affairs and future.” They called upon the Dutch government to condemn and reject these statements in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions.

Jordan also condemned Wilder’s proposal. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that “Jordan rejects any proposal that undermines the rights of the Palestinian people or their quest for an independent state. We remain committed to a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, in accordance with international consensus.”

Wilders’ statement has also drawn criticism and condemnation from other Arab states in the region. Leaders and officials from countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia expressed their outrage over the Dutch parliamentarian’s remarks, emphasizing the need for a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that respects the rights and aspirations of both parties.

 

 


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Yitzy
Yitzy
2 months ago

Finally, someone speaking the Truth! Thank you Mr. Geert Wilders!

Liam K. Nuj
Liam K. Nuj
2 months ago

Well, he’s right.
Fact: 78% of what was the Palestine Mandate is now all of Jordan.
Not sure if Gaza is part of Egypt.

Conservative Carl
Conservative Carl
2 months ago

They call it bigoted, offensive, and aggressive, but they can’t form an argument for it being untrue.

Lgb
Lgb
2 months ago

He’s a hero just for saying this

Yitzy
Yitzy
2 months ago

Also, why is it denying the palestinians to having a state? There is plenty of room in Jordan to give a state and have their capital in east or west Amman? There, so simple the paliatinials now can covern themselves! What an amazing comprehension!

Liberal brains are full of mush
Liberal brains are full of mush
2 months ago

What could you do, This is an unconvenient truth to the Arab and western world.
The new Dutch leader has more spine than most Jews.

Boruch Hashem
Boruch Hashem
2 months ago

Hashem should bless Mr. Wilders and let him be a good leader for his country.

lipale
lipale
2 months ago

originally called TRANS-Jordan, now Jordan

Davey
Davey
2 months ago

Someone needs to explain to him that according to the Torah “Jordan” is also part of Eretz Yisrael.

Boychik
Boychik
2 months ago

The guy may have made a strong statement vs “palestine” but he has a long, long recoed of being alligned with Dutch nazi parties. So he’s no angel.