In view of Olmert’s demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, this author believes that the deliberate omission of the flag of Israel from proximity of Annapolis needs to hammered home to Israelis again and again and again!
Further, a contact in Washington informs me that, unlike the Arabs who are very high profile and readily available throughout D.C. and Annapolis, the Israelis “are all here in Annapolis…, spread throughout the city.”
So much for Ehud Olmert’s meek, weak, lame attempts at Arab recognition of Israel as a “Jewish State.” MB
“While the Israeli delegates have largely hunkered down since their arrival, at the Palestinians’ hotel, members of the delegation are more readily available.”
There is no Israeli flag flying from any of the four flagpoles outside the Washington hotel where Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the rest of the Israeli delegation are staying for this week’s Annapolis summit. Security concerns, presumably.
A short drive away, at the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hotel, by contrast, the Palestinian flag waves high and proud. And, inside, members of the Palestinian delegation are only too happy to publicize their presence and spread their message.
Whatever comes out of Tuesday’s conference, the Palestinians have reasons to be cheerful. Abbas’s authority is being publicly bolstered by a grand show of support from across the Arab world and beyond.
While the Israeli delegates have largely hunkered down since their arrival, at the Palestinians’ hotel, members of the delegation are more readily available. Indeed, two of Abbas’s advisers – the cheerful, high-volume Sha’ath and the far more downcast and soft-spoken Nabil Abu Rudaineh – have been engaged in something of a good cop, bad cop routine in the run-up to Tuesday’s summit.