The Swiss Parliament is set to vote Thursday on a proposal to end government contacts with Hamas and designate the group a terrorist organization.
Unlike many other European countries, Switzerland does not consider Gaza-ruling Hamas to be a terrorist organization and maintains a diplomatic relationship with it.
The ban was proposed by Swiss MP Christian Imark, who told The Algemeiner he was motivated by the belief that “you should not negotiate with terrorists.”
Moreover, Imark said, legitimizing Hamas does nothing to advance the prospect of peace in the Middle East.
“Hamas has clearly no interest in peace because the leaders of Hamas profit from the current situation,” he pointed out. “They stabilize their power by profiting from violence and war.”
(C) 2017 . The Algemeiner . Benjamin Kerstein