...From now on, the PLO will be allowed to fly its flag like a regular embassy.
Its representatives will enjoy diplomatic immunity just like diplomats from states.
Indeed the PLO delegate in Washington Maen Areikat claimed that the administration's move equates the PLO's diplomatic status in the US to that of Canada and states in Western Europe.
Some in the media have claimed that this is a symbolic act and essentially meaningless.
But this is not true. While this step does not constitute US recognition of a Palestinian state in the absence of a peace treaty between the Palestinians and Israel, it certainly sends a clear signal that this is the direction the US is heading. As such, it represents a dangerous step that will encourage continued Arab hostility.Turns out that much-balllyhooed rapprochement between Barry and Bibi amouted to little more a copuious sprinkling of fairy dust, and that when it comes to the Israel-Palestine question Obama is as Khalidified as ever.
TO PUT this move in perspective, it is worth comparing the PLO's new status to that of the US's firm ally and fellow democracy - Taiwan, the Republic of China. Whereas the PLO now has a "delegation general" in Washington, Taiwan has the "Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office."
Me? I'm wishing that the duplicitous wisher will end up wishing himself into a single term.
Hands up all those who think my wish has the better shot at coming true?
Update: This flag song's for you, "Pete":
You're a grand old fraud.
You're a fatuous "god"
And forever in speeches you yack.
Chicago political hack.
Every heart beats true
For the red, white and blue
Except you--don't you think that's odd?
And good riddance to
A false "friend" (that's you).
Keep your eye on that grand old fraud.