Israel Blasts Switzerland Over Palestinian Summit

YERUSHALAYIM (AP/Hamodia) -

Israel has criticized Switzerland for hosting an international conference next week on how the Geneva Conventions apply in Yehudah and Shomron, charging the move raises doubts about the famous Swiss neutrality.

Israel’s foreign ministry said the Dec. 17 summit is a political move with the “sole purpose” to assail Israel.

Swiss foreign ministry spokesman Pierre-Alain Eltschinger defended the summit. He said on Friday that the gathering will discuss “international humanitarian law, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention, as it pertains to the Palestinians.”

The Portuguese parliament passed a recommendation on Friday calling on the government to recognize ‘Palestine.’

The motion was filed jointly by the center-right majority and the Socialist opposition party, AFP reported.

The Portuguese government, “will choose the most appropriate moment” to recognize the Palestinian state  the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete, said following the vote.

Similar symbolic motions have recently passed in France, Britain, Spain, and Ireland.