Red Cross sets up formal Israeli membership

The Red Cross humanitarian movement overcame Muslim objections and cleared away the last obstacle to full Israeli membership early Thursday, setting up formal admission later in the day after nearly six decades of exclusion, Israel's ambassador said. In a vote that came well after midnight, the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent approved a resolution that enables Israel's Magen David Adom society to join while retaining its red star of David instead of having to adopt the red cross or crescent used by other societies, Ambassador Itzhak Levanon said.