>> A great victory for Palestinian diplomacy. That's how the Palestinians are reacting to being granted membership of the international police organization, INTERPOL. In a landmark move, the application to admit the state of Palestine was approved on Wednesday at INTERPOL's annual general assembly by more than the required two-thirds majority of votes.
But, it hasn't been welcomed by everyone. Israel had earlier admitted to trying to delay the vote. Arguing that Palestine is not a state. And that makes it ineligible for Interpol membership. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry though, says membership reinforces
] the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip.>>
> One of Israel's concerns is that as an Interpol member, Palestine would ask the organization to issue a red notice. That's an alert to police worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest an individual for extradition. But the procedure doesn't appear to pose any serious legal problems for Israelis.
>> It not only has to show that it's a state, but that it's a state which can be responsible in front of INTERPOL. One that has police and security that can fulfill the commitments of Palestine, which has its own judicial and legal system. It can pursue criminals who break Palestinian law and violate the rights of the Palestinian people.
Interpol can't actually force a member state to detain anyone named in the note, because a red notice isn't an international arrest warrant.