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Interpol accepts Palestinian police as members despite Israeli pressure

27 September 2017

"A week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly how Israel's stature on the world stage was on the rise, the country suffered a diplomatic setback on Wednesday when the International Police Organization (Interpol) voted to accept the Palestinians as a member", JPost reported. He stressed that the State of Palestine will continue its work to develop its status on an global level and defend the rights of our people to have security and freedom by all diplomatic and legal means available and according to all relevant worldwide institutions.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry, which opposed membership of Palestine, demanded that vote be postponed for at least one year. He promised to uphold Palestinian commitments to combating crime and strengthening the rule of law.

"The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now Interpol member countries", the organization tweeted on Wednesday.

The Solomon Islands was also voted in as a new member of Interpol.

Israel had contended that Palestine is not a state and that it is ineligible for Interpol membership.

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, during the meeting of the General Assembly in Beijing welcomed the results of the vote and the acceptance of Palestine's membership in the INTERPOL.

The U.N. General Assembly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state in 2012 and UNESCO approved it as a full member.

Interpol facilitates worldwide police cooperation.

Alan Baker, a former senior Israeli diplomat and legal expert, said the membership application was "just a political PR move" on the part of the Palestinians.

Environmental Protection Minister Ze'ev Elkin blasted that Palestinians for what he described as their "diplomatic war" against Israel and urged the government of which he is a cabinet member to "immediately cancel all of the goodwill gestures we have made towards that Palestinian Authority and freeze all of the special permits PA leaders use".

Since then, Palestine has joined dozens of worldwide organizations and agreements, among them the global Criminal Court and UNESCO.

"The police have information on hostile terrorist actors that it does not want to reach the Palestinian forces", he said.

Interpol accepts Palestinian police as members despite Israeli pressure