Palestinian Authority’s INTERPOL membership bid rejected

After months of intense diplomatic efforts by Israel, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) General Assembly rejected the Palestinian Authority’s membership bid. 62 INTERPOL member states voted against the Palestinians’ request to join the organization.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The INTERPOL General Assembly rejected today (Tuesday) the Palestinian Authority’s request to join the organization. “This is part of the continuous campaign to run away from direct and diplomatic negotiations,” read a statement released by the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry and Israel Police.

During this year’s annual assembly in Bali, Indonesia, 62 member states voted against the Palestinians’ request. Prior to the vote, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman instructed the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Israel Police to thwart the Palestinians’ attempt to join the organization.

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Over the past few weeks, Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry officials along with Israeli National Security Council officials have been working in Bali in order to convince member states to vote against the Palestinians’ request. “The vote constitutes a major achievement and reflects the change in Israel’s international status and the successes of the Israeli diplomacy,” continued the joint Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry and Israel Police statement.


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