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Swiss Government Refuses to Recognize Palestinian Statehood

Swiss Parliament Upholds Stance Against Palestinian Statehood Amid Ongoing Conflict

In a decisive move, Switzerland's House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to reject a motion recognizing Palestinian statehood. The motion was defeated by a substantial margin, with 131 votes against, 61 in favor, and two abstentions.

The proposal, spearheaded by National Council member Fabian Molina of the Social Democratic Party and backed by the Greens, hinged on the condition that Israeli hostages taken during the Hamas-led attack on October 7 be released. Despite the emotional debates, the Swiss parliament chose to maintain its current stance.

Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis reiterated the Federal Council's position, which supports the vision of an Israeli and Palestinian state coexisting peacefully with mutually recognized borders. However, he clarified that Switzerland does not consider the current circumstances appropriate for recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

This decision aligns with the recent trend in other countries, such as Australia, where the parliament overwhelmingly rejected a similar proposal last week by an 80-5 vote. Meanwhile, some European nations have moved towards recognizing Palestinian statehood in the wake of the recent escalation in Gaza. Slovenia is the latest to join this list, having recently extended recognition.

The Swiss parliament's decision underscores its commitment to a balanced and cautious approach in its foreign policy, particularly in the volatile Middle Eastern landscape. Switzerland continues to advocate for a negotiated solution that ensures lasting peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

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