A well-known rabbi from the Netherlands said he would leave his political party of 20 years to protest its leader's praise for "Judeo-Christian society" — which the rabbi says excludes Muslims.

Lody van de Kamp, a left-leaning activist for Jewish-Muslim dialog, announced in an interview published Wednesday by Het Parool daily that he was leaving the Christian-Democratic Appeal, or CDA. Earlier that day, the centrist party signed a power-sharing deal with three other coalition partners on the formation of a cabinet, which would work toward having illegal immigrants leave. The agreement in the Netherlands, which is one of Israel's staunchest supporters in Western Europe, also spoke for the first time in such a document about the need to create an "independent" Palestinian state.

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