Interpol admits State of Palestine

In this photo provided by Interpol, delegates are seated for the 86th session of the General Assembly, in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Whether it's UNESCO, the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council or Interpol - when it comes to the Palestinians' aspiration for statehood, Israel stands no chance.

Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt that the successful attempt by the Palestinians to enter the worldwide policing organization, among other steps it has taken recently, "seriously harms the chances to achieve peace".

But so far, Netanyahu's strategy of "economic diplomacy" has failed to make a significant dent into the Palestinians' automatic majority in worldwide bodies.

UNESCO also approved Palestinian membership, prompting the U.S. and Israel to suspend funding out of protest. The report was confirmed by the Israeli foreign ministry.

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The General Assembly discussed the guidelines for membership prior to the vote.

"Palestine will commit to obligations and contribute to combating crime and law enforcement on the global level", Malki noted.

"Palestinians see settlement construction intensifying and hear Prime Minister Netanyahu vowing to further intensify it and to never remove any Israeli from West Bank settlements".

More than 75 per cent of Interpol members are said to have voted to approve the Palestinian bid. Opponents say recognizing Palestine in worldwide organizations undermines negotiations with Israel for full statehood.

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According to al-Maliki, the Palestinian victory was made possible because of most of the member states' principled positions.

Despite objections from Israel and the United States, the Interpol Executive Committee decided Wednesday to approve the Palestinian Authority's bid to join the worldwide police commission, in a vote at the global police organization's general assembly in Beijing, Interpol said.

The Solomon Islands were also accepted as a new member Wednesday.

Zeev Elkin, Israel's Minister of Environmental Protection and a close associate of Netanyahu, said in retaliation for the Palestinians joining Interpol, Israel should cancel gestures granted to the Palestinians, including work and entry permits, and special travel permits for Palestinian leaders. UNESCO also approved Palestinian membership, prompting the US and Israel to suspend funding out of protest.

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Interpol, which is based in the French city of Lyon, eases the exchange of information between police forces and issues "red notices" - non-binding notifications of arrest warrants - at the request of a member state or an worldwide tribunal.

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