GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The decades-old symbol dispute between Israel and the Red Cross and Red Crescent may soon end with the adoption of a new neutral symbol.
Switzerland wants to convene a meeting of the 192 state parties to the Geneva Conventions this year to consider adopting a third symbol, The Washington Times reported. The symbols are protected by the conventions.
Such a step has been sought by Israel's Magen David Adom, which is excluded from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement because it operates under a red Star of David.
"This is a very positive step toward the goal of making the Red Cross-Red Crescent movement truly universal," said U.S. Ambassador Kevin Moley in Geneva.
Diplomats expect the new emblem to be like a red diamond-shaped crystal, devoid of national, religious or cultural significance. The plan would allow for national societies to put a national symbol, such as the Star of David, in the center of the diamond.