Dutch Minister of Parliament (MP) Geert Wilders says Israel is the Western world's "first line of defense" in the war being conducted by radical Islamists.
Wilders, who has received repeated death threats for his controversial documentary film Fitna which profiled rabid anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, says his next documentary will prominently feature Israel as the target of radical Islamic groups and movements.
Wilders sat down with CBN News Senior Reporter Dale Hurd for an exclusive interview. Click play to watch his comments. Also, read Hurd's previous report on Wilders here.
Millions have watched Fitna online, and Wilder's political party, the Party for Freedom, has become the second most popular party in The Netherlands after elections earlier this month for the European parliament.
Wilders told the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz that his sequel to Fitna will show "how the forces of Islamization are specifically targeting Israel in a fight against all free societies." Wilders maintains, "The film will demonstrate that the fight against Israel is not territorial, and hence Israel is only the first line of defense for the West. Now it's Israel but we are next. That's why beyond solidarity, it is in Europe's interest to stand by Israel."
In January, Wilders was criminally charged by a European appeals court with inciting hate because his film included a comparison between the Koran and Adolph Hitler's treatise, Mein Kampf. After that, the British Home Office banned Wilders from visiting the United Kingdom. Such actions have only boosted his visibility and his popularity in his home country.
Wilders frequently visits Israel, and although he says he's reluctant to interfere with Israeli domestic issues such as the question of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, his personal belief is that "there is a two-state solution for the Palestinians. One of those states is called Jordan."