The Red Cross explained its long-standing refusal in that it could not recognize the Star of David, part of Magen David's logo. The international rescue body adopted the red cross, an inversion of Switzerland's flag, as its official symbol in the 19th century at the Geneva Convention. It prohibited using other symbols after its 1929 acceptance of the red crescent used by Arab Red Crescent ambulance services.
Shalom said, "It is necessary to continue to act with determination and not surrender to the extortion of the Arab countries and Palestinian elements that are trying to impose all sorts of demands as a condition for their agreement to the Red Cross move."
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said, "They [the Swiss] have the ability to bring about changes. That will allow Magen David Adom to finally become a full member of the Red Cross."
Switzerland almost accepted the Magen David as a member in 2000 but surrendered to Arab opposition after the Oslo War broke out.