Herzliya – Dutch Defence Minister Maxime Verhagen has announced that his government would back the deployment of Dutch troops to an international peace-keeping force in the Middle East following an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. He made the statement on Monday evening at an international conference in Israel.
He said the United Nations would have to sanction a NATO force policing an eventual peace accord, and that he would work for Dutch participation. He also said any peace deal would have to be based on the 1967 borders. This means that Israel would have to return all the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem, to Palestinian control.
Mr Verhagen went on to warn Israel that blockading the Gaza Strip might serve to increase radicalism amongst the Palestinian population.