Worldwide police agency Interpol voted Wednesday to include the Palestinian state as a member state, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for global recognition and influence amid long-stalled negotiations with Israel for full statehood.
Israeli Foreign Ministry, which said earlier that Israel's efforts to delay a vote until next year had failed, had no immediate comment on the decision.
"On this joyous occasion, the State of Palestine reiterates its commitment to upholding its obligations and contributing to fighting crime and furthering the rule of law".
"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". It is particularly legitimate from a Palestinian perspective when the government of Israel refuses to engage in serious negotiations for a two-state solution and when the Trump administration, while stating its intent to broker peace, fails to endorse the two-state solution.
Interpol approved the Palestinian application along with a bid by the Solomon Islands during its annual general assembly in Beijing.
"This victory was realized because the majority of the Interpol members defended the raisons d'etre of the organization and basic principles", said Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
"We are recognized by the United Nations and the most of the countries in the world", Jaradat said in a phone call.
Among them are the International Criminal Court and the United Nations heritage body UNESCO.
Bruno Min, a legal and policy officer at Fair Trials, a Europe-based human rights organization with a special focus on Interpol, said that Israel may also be concerned about the sharing of sensitive data.
A page on the Interpol website listed Palestine as a member since 27 September 2017.
The approval vote requires the Palestinians to pay membership dues worth 0.03 percent of the Interpol budget.