U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Wedneday released the following statement condemning the Interpol General Assembly for accepting the Palestinian Authority as a member:
“The Interpol General Assembly’s decision is shameful and wrong. The Palestinians have been seeking membership and recognition in international bodies despite the reality there is no Palestinian state. This bid for membership is part of an effort to further the PA’s diplomatic and legal warfare campaign to delegitimize Israel in international forums, and I am concerned that the PA will now try to take advantage of its membership by seeking illegitimate and unjustified Interpol actions against Israeli citizens.
“Interpol is the world’s largest international organization of law enforcement agencies that assists countries in the fight against crime. By permitting the Palestinians to join, Interpol has undermined its own credibility. The PA not only fails to even condemn acts of terrorism, it incites and glorifies violence continuing to provide monthly salaries to terrorists and to the families of those who died committing terrorism. Interpol has unfortunately now provided faux legitimacy and become complicit in this political campaign against Israel.
It is long-standing policy of the United States to oppose the PA’s attempts to unilaterally become a member of international organizations. Despite today’s outcome, I commend the Trump Administration for its efforts to thwart this decision working alongside Israel.”