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Geert Wilders and Israel
In the past twenty five years Geert Wilders has visited Israel about forty times, where he has, according to his own sayings, met Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert personally. He claims to have tight connections with the Mossad.
Originally, Wilders wanted to move to the Jewish state. Wilders worked in bread factories and a moshav. With the money he earned, he traveled through Israel and some near countries. He started to love Israel, or as he states it in his own words in 2003: "The past years I have visited many interesting countries, from Tunisia to Turkey and from Cyprus to Iran, but nowhere I have that special feeling of solidarity that I always get if I set foot on the Israeli Ben Gurion Airport."
Wilders has, in the eight years he has served in the Dutch Parliament, always supported Israel and attacked countries he perceives as enemies of Israel.
Furthermore, Wilders has made some proposals in the Dutch Parliament inspired by Israel. For example, in 2005 Wilders proposed implementing Israel's administrative detention in the Netherlands, a practice heavily criticized by human rights group Amnesty International. Also, at the time Wilders was a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, he had an employee who directly came from the Israeli Embassy.
Coming Back to the Issue at Hand
Ok. So, I've talked long and hard about the background of the situation in the Netherlands. What has been going on, what the people actually think and how Muslims have reacted. You can see clearly that the reactions has been mostly pressure by violence. Well, is it effective?
Even though, I give many examples of politicians condemning Islam, look again. These are politicians of the right-wing party. At the moment, they constitute about 20% of the parliament. Even though that's a lot, it's not the majority. Remember, Rita Verdonk was expelled from her party. Geert Wilders is also highly criticized by bulk of the politicians. The majority of the parliament do not agree with them.
The Dutch people do not agree with them. By nature, the Dutch is fine with the Dutch Muslims. However, according to past Dutch political history, when Ayaan Hirsi Ali was given media attention, votes/support for the right-wing party increases. Then, it decreases. Then, it increases again when Pim Fortuyn was murdered. After that, it decreases again. Then again it rises when Van Gogh was murdered in 2004. The Dutch by nature is okay with the Muslims. But, when they see how Muslims react, by violence, they tend to equate Islam with violence. Then, of course they start to feel afraid and terrorized and their votes will sway towards the opposition.
70% of the Dutch said that the politicians were not discussing Islam openly enough.