INTERPOL approves PA membership bid

The majority of INTERPOL voted in favor of accepting the Palestinian Authority as a member state Wednesday. Over the past few weeks, Israel and the US had been working together in order to thwart the vote. The Palestinians will now be able to issue international arrest warrants for IDF officers and obtain sensitive information about the fight against terrorism.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Despite the heavy diplomatic pressure from Israel’s National Security Council, Foreign Affairs Ministry and Strategic Affairs Ministry, the Palestinian Authority’s request to join the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) was approved today (Wednesday). 75% of the member states voted in favor of the bid while only 24 opposed it.

In accordance with its new status, the PA will be able to issue international arrest warrants for IDF officers and obtain sensitive information about the fight against terrorism.

INTERPOL Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Two days ago, JOL reported that INTERPOL’s board of directors decided that the PA’s request would be put to a vote. The discussion was temporarily delayed due to the claims of several countries, including Israel, regarding the PA not meeting the required criteria for becoming a member of the organization.

Many steps were recently taken, especially by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in order to convince the INTERPOL member states to vote against the PA bid. However, Israel knew that it would be nearly impossible to prevent the Palestinians from joining the organization.

About two weeks ago, the UN’s World Tourism Organization announced that the vote on the PA’s request to become an official member has been postponed. The chairman of the UN agency announced at a conference in China that the vote will take place at the next UNWTO plenary session in 2019. The announcement came after the organization was pressured by Israel and the US regarding the matter.



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