Dutch lawmaker who called for sanctions on Israel resigns


THE HAGUE, the Netherlands (JTA) — A Dutch lawmaker who recently called for government sanctions against Israel has resigned.

Desiree Bonis made her resignation from Dutch Labor known on Thursday.

“It did not bring me where I wanted to get,” she said of her three-year stint in The Hague.

The previous day, she called on Frans Timmermans, Holland’s foreign minister and senior member of her party, to apply sanctions on Israel. “Israel only understands pressure,” she said.

Timmermans is scheduled to visit Israel and the West Bank on June 18.

Last month, he said he had “no criticism” on strikes in Syria widely attributed to Israel that were condemned by the European Union.

Last month Bonis, who before her entry to Labor in 2010 served as ambassador to Syria for four years, said her “patience for Israel was running out” because of what she described as Israel’s “failure” to meet international norms.

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