Dutch Prime Minister Sparks International Outrage With Proposal To Relocate Palestinians To...

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 27 November 2023 23:59
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Geert Wilders, a prominent right-wing politician from the Netherlands, has drawn sharp criticism from several Arab nations following his suggestion that the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel could be resolved by relocating Palestinians to Jordan.

"Jordan is Palestine!" Wilders declared in a tweet on Saturday, attaching a Politico article that outlined the backlash from Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, and the Arab League against his proposal.

The Palestinian Authority denounced Wilders' proposition as "a call to escalate the aggression against our people and a blatant interference in their affairs and future." The UAE embassy in the Netherlands labeled the suggestion as "irresponsible," while Jordanian leaders described it as a "racist position," as reported by Arab News.

"Jordan rejects any proposal that undermines the rights of the Palestinian people or their quest for an independent state," stated Jordan's foreign minister in response to Wilders' stance. "We remain committed to a two-state solution with east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, in accordance with international consensus."

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Last month, Jordan and other Arab nations, including Egypt, declared they would not accept any Palestinian refugees amid the ongoing conflict, citing concerns that Israel intends to permanently displace Palestinians from Gaza to other countries, and fears of militants among the refugees, as reported by Reuters.

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"No refugees in Jordan, no refugees in Egypt," King Abdullah II of Jordan declared last month.

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In an email to Fox News Digital on Sunday, Wilders defended his stance, stating, "Jordan indeed is Palestine, I already spoke about it many years ago in Israel in 2010." He referenced a 2010 news article where he argued for renaming Jordan as Palestine.

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"Changing its name to Palestine will end the conflict in the Middle East and provide the Palestinians with an alternate homeland," he had stated at the time.

Wilders, who is often compared to former US President Donald Trump, is the founder and leader of the Netherlands' Party for Freedom. The party recently achieved a significant victory in the national elections, positioning Wilders to potentially form the next ruling party and possibly become the country's next prime minister.

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"I had to pinch my arm," Wilders expressed following the unexpected election results, as reported by the Times of Israel. Wilders, a staunch supporter of Israel, has previously come close to governing the Netherlands when he supported the first coalition formed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte in 2010.

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Wilders is known for his controversial views, including his support for closing the Netherlands' borders to immigrants, advocating for a referendum on the Netherlands leaving the European Union, and his criticism of Islam. He has faced death threats over several of his statements, including labeling Islam a "fascist ideology" and a "backward religion," and alleging that Muhammad was a "pedophile," as reported by Reuters.

"The Netherlands can't take it anymore," he stated during a debate before the election. "We have to think about our own people first now, borders closed, zero asylum-seekers."

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