(AFP/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities blocked on Tuesday efforts by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to obtain full membership in international police organization INTERPOL, Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu said.
While speaking at an event in Afula in northern Israel, Netanyahu credited “very intensive work by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Security Council” with thwarting the PA’s application to join the police cooperation agency, adding “I thank them and appreciate their work.”
The PA obtained an observer status in INTERPOL in 2011, but applied for full membership in 2015
Israel, meanwhile, has been a member of INTERPOL since 1949.
Netanyahu asserted that the rejection was a sign of Israel’s growing influence on the international scene.
“It was a difficult effort, but it produced results. It reflects what I have been telling you is happening, which is a change in Israel's international standing and an expansion of our ties with different countries,” Netanyahu said.
“I think we have to accept the fact that this effort to ensure that international organizations take into account our interests, and those of many other countries, will continue...Israel is bursting onto the global scene, and this will ultimately be reflected in all UN and international bodies.”
Netanyahu added that Israel was hoping to “block” unspecified “other attempts” by the Palestinians in international bodies, notably mentioning the United Nations Security Council.
Israel has repeatedly opposed Palestinian efforts to join international organizations, including the United Nations
and the International Criminal Court
, and imposed punitive measures on both Palestinians and the organizations
for allowing the PA in.