Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Verhagen and Rosenthal want closer cooperation with Israel

The Netherlands wants to further strengthen cooperation with Israel. Economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen and foreign minister Uri Rosenthal today discussed this with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The Netherlands wants to further strengthen cooperation with Israel. Economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen and foreign minister Uri Rosenthal today discussed this with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Verhagen and Rosenthal stressed the importance of regular consultations on foreign policy between the two countries. The discussions also centred on the benefits of cooperation to trade, investment, and technological development.

With a growth rate of 4%, a highly educated population and high rate of investment in innovation, Israel is an attractive country for Dutch business. ‘Trade with Israel yields jobs and income,’ said Maxime Verhagen. ‘This is why we maintain strong economic ties with Israel and why, where possible, we seek cooperation there to boost opportunities for business people and researchers.

‘Israel and the Netherlands have a lot to offer each other in areas like innovation, technology, science, and politics. We both have an interest in a long-term relationship – which will also help us achieve sustainable peace through direct negotiations based upon a two-state solution.’

In a statement, the two countries have confirmed their intention to hold an ‘innovation day’, giving Dutch business people and researchers more opportunities to benefit from Israeli economic growth. The two countries will also cooperate more closely on cybersecurity.

Maxime Verhagen was accompanied to Israel by a trade mission of sixty representatives from five industries: agrofood, energy, high technology, logistics, and water. Uri Rosenthal also visited Jordan and the Pale