Achievement for Israel: After five years of diplomatic efforts, Israel has succeeded to persuade Interpol to accept Israel as a full member of their European region.
Interpol is divided into regions according to continents. Most of the operative and intelligence cooperation is conducted within the regions. Until now, Israel has been working within the Asian region, a fact which has made it difficult to conduct real law enforcement cooperation mostly because about 66 percent of all of Israel’s international policing activities are conducted with European nations, which includes joint investigations, legal cooperation, extraditions, exchange of information, etc.
Because of these facts, the Israeli Police, in conjunction with the Interpol station in Jerusalem and police representatives in Europe, began lobbying for Israel’s reassignment to the European zone. They were assisted by the Foreign Ministry and embassies in Europe.
The move was approved last week during the yearly Interpol world convention which was held in Brazil, and was also approved by the European members of Interpol in a meeting held in France a few days ago. Israeli representatives from the police argued in front of the committee for the inclusion of Israel in the European region. A vote taken after the argument showed a majority of support for the move: 28 voted for the measure, four voted against, and five abstained.