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Dutch PM says Israel has right to self-defense, but must act proportionately

After Netanyahu’s office announces Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s “unreserved support” for Israel’s right to defend itself in a phone call, Dutch diplomats stress the conversation included other comments.

“I expressed my sympathy to both leaders for the victims on both sides. I condemned the rocket attacks on Israel,” Rutte says. “Israel has the right to defend itself against these attacks, but precisely because it is a strong country, it also has a responsibility to act proportionately within the bounds of international law.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gives a press conference about COVID-19 measures in The Netherlands, in The Hague, on January 12, 2021. (Bart Maat / ANP / AFP)
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