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Sundown: PLO Diplomats Promoted

Plus Obama’s newly strong support for Israel, and more

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President Obama today.(Brendan Hoffman-Pool/Getty Image)

• The U.S. State Department upgraded the status of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s diplomatic mission, bringing it to the level it enjoys in Canada and most European nations. [Haaretz]

• Longtime JTA Executive Editor and Publisher Mark J. Joffe is stepping down. A big mazel tov to his replacement, current Editor-in-Chief Ami Eden. [JTA]

• After waffling, writes Aluf Benn, the Obama administration has determined that the old Mideast fundamentals—containing Iran, securing oil, etc.—indeed make Israel “a vital ally.” [Haaretz]

• And the Obama administration (and other national Democratic politicians) have the talking points to get that message out. [Laura Rozen]

• An interesting survey on responses to the Rotem Bill, from the Orthodox newspaper of Long Island’s Five Towns. [The Jewish Star]

• Wish I was going to “Jewstock,” on Bank Lake, north of Budapest, in a couple weeks. [JTA]

Heeb dug up this Milton Berle cameo from a 1984 episode of Diff’rent Strokes:

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Avner Stein says:


Yasser Arafat was indicted by the US for the murder of American diplomats in Sudan. Dozens of hijacked airplanes and torched airplanes, hundreds of Americans murdered, dancing in the streets during 9/11…and now they have the same diplomatic status as Canada and the EU – even though their entire existence is predicated on foreign handouts.

A so-called Palestine has nothing to offer to the US. I don’t see why Americans are so supportive of a state. How does that help America? Palestinians are the most hostile to the US than any other Arab demographic, and we reward them for it.

And why?

Because Obama hates America.

Bryna Weiss says:

What a stupid, ignorant and hatefull… and absurd comment.

Avner Stein says:

Palestinians are avid consumers of hatred. Their leaders are certified holocaust deniers and antisemites.

Why should we do a thing for them. They wouldn’t do the same for us.

Jabli Izvesti says:

Obama ultimately had nothing to offer to the PLO.So,he upgraded their diplomats.Quite reanoble,Iwould say.


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