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Netanyahu announces Israel, Netherlands building gas pipeline to Gaza Strip

Former Dutch PM calls for Netanyahu to be tried for war crimes, as he lands for two-day diplomatic visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that The Netherlands will help Israel builf a gas pipeline to the Gaza Strip as part of efforts to boost energy and water supplies to the coastal enclave.

“We want to help the population of Gaza and the first step is to improve the supply of energy and water… including laying a gas pipeline,” Netanyahu said during a two-day visit to The Netherlands.

After holding talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, Netanyahu said his cabinet had already made a decision to lay the pipeline “and I appreciate your help in realizing this project.”

A feasibility study for the project has already been given Dutch backing, Rutte said during a joint press conference with Netanyahu.

The Netherlands would also facilitate expert meetings between Dutch, Israeli and Palestinian officials focusing on energy and water, Rutte said.

“The aim of these meetings is to improve the Palestinian economy, but equally it provides for a more fertile ground for political negotiations between the two parties,” the Dutch prime minister added. “I realize it’s not going to be easy, but we need to keep on moving,” he stressed.

Netanyahu is set to discuss expanding Dutch-Israeli ties with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and to meet with King Willem-Alexander, as well as visit the parliament, where he said he would discuss Israel as a “stable element” in the Mideast.

“Europe as a whole is undergoing changes,” he said. “It faces very great challenges over the spread of radical Islamic terrorism. I am going to speak with my interlocutors about the central role of Israel in the Middle East as the most stable element and one that contributes greatly to preventing the spread of radical Islamic terrorism. This is a new understanding; it is important, of course, for Israel and the states of the region but it is also very important for Europe. It is this understanding


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