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Dutch politician in Netanyahu handshake snub

Dutch Parliament Member Tunahan Kuzu refuses to shake hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the States General at the Binnenhof as part of Netanyahu's visit to the Netherlands at the Binnenhof, in the Hague, on September 7, 2016
Video appears to show MP Tunahan Kuzu wearing Palestinian flag lapel pin

Dutch Member of Parliament Tunahan Kuzu on Wednesday refused to shake Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hand as the latter greeted legislators on a diplomatic visit.

Video footage captured the snub and showed that Kuzu, who is of Turkish descent, was wearing a Palestinian flag lapel pin.

Netanyahu responded to the media frenzy surrounding the snub in a video filmed on his plane after the visit.

"Today we saw another clear example of those who want peace and those who don't," said Netanyahu. "I will continue to proudly present Israel's position to the world and strengthen its international standing."

Quoting former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Neatnyahu added "Those who wrinkle their noses, let their noses stay wrinkled.”

Netanyahu met with the Netherlands' Senate President Ankie Broekers-Knol, House of Representatives Speaker Khadija Arib and members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning.

Israel's prime minister told them that Israel is essential as a stabilizing factor in the volatile Mideast. He added that Israel's technological sophistication and experience with combating terrorism were among the qualities that make Israel increasingly important on the world stage.

Netanyahu also spoke to members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, telling them that the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not settlement construction in the West Bank but rather Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

The Prime Minister hailed the close relationship between Israel and the Netherlands and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairperson Angelien Eijsink echoed the sentiment at the end of their meeting, saying that the close relations between the two countries were based on shared values.


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