Leave it to the Obama administration to reward an organization that both denies Israel’s right to exist and glorifies terrorism. According to The Jerusalem Post the State Department has announced it will elevate the diplomatic status of the Palestinian Authority (PA) mission from “bureau” to “delegation general.” The change means the group, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, will among other benefits be allowed to bestow diplomatic immunity on its representatives and will have permission to fly the Palestinian flag in Washington.
Why the upgrade? Has the Palestine Liberation Organization-founded (PLO) PA renounced its long legacy of denying Israel’s right to exist or its support for and perpetration of terrorism? No. In fact, in recent weeks Mr. Abbas even lauded the actions against “occupation” taken by Abu Daoud, the PLO commander who claimed responsibility for the deadly 1972 Munich Olympics massacres, in which terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes.
According to CNN, after Mr. Daoud died earlier this month at the age of 73, Mr. Abbas said, “He is missed. He was one of the leading figures of Fatah and spent his life in resistance … and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for his people’s just causes.”
Unsurprisingly, the State Department did not set preconditions on the status elevation. Such preconditions might have included, say, ending provocation among Palestinians of violence against Israelis. (For an example of the type of rhetoric used by the PA, see the video below, a clip of a news segment from PA T.V.:)