(JNS.org) The international police organization Interpol is expected to vote on Palestinian membership as Israeli efforts to thwart the unilateral move have failed.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Monday that the Palestinian Authority’s request for membership was approved by Interpol’s Executive Committee and that a vote will be brought in front of the organization’s General Assembly, which is currently meeting in Beijing, later this week. A two-thirds majority vote is required to approve the Palestinians’ membership bid.
Based in Lyon, France, Interpol has 190 member states, making it the second-largest international organization after the United Nations.
The Palestinians have been eyeing Interpol membership for several years. An Israeli Foreign Ministry official said last weekend that admission to the law enforcement body would significantly bolster the Palestinians’ statehood bid, and might unilaterally establish “facts on the ground.”
Israel has also expressed concern that the Palestinians might abuse their membership and use Interpol as a platform from which to undermine the Jewish state, including demanding the extradition of Israeli officials or pursuing other legal action against them, based on the Palestinian claim that Israel’s settlement enterprise is a “crime.”