Switzerland's position on the Middle East conflict

Switzerland supports the vision formulated by the UN Security Council of a region with two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and within secure and recognised borders.

Switzerland is convinced that only a two-state solution negotiated by both sides in accordance with international law and internationally agreed parameters, including UN Security Council resolutions, can lead to a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

In the context of the final status of Israel and Palestine (final status issues), the parties must agree mutually on a solution for the following elements:

  1. Status of Jerusalem;
  2. a fair and comprehensive solution to the refugee question;
  3. the future borders (agreement based on 1967, with the possibility of agreeing on an equivalent land exchange);
  4. security arrangements for Israel and Palestine.

Switzerland calls on all parties to comply with their obligations in the field of international law, in particular international humanitarian law, and to refrain from unilateral measures which could affect the peace efforts. It offers its good offices to all parties to support the resumption of credible peace talks.