State Dep’t Disobeys Law, Keeps PLO Office Open

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 and is filed under Foreign Policy, News

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We’re not supposed to recognize the PLO as a legitimate state; we’re supposed to have strings attached to foreign aid; we’re supposed to move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  Yet, the State Department always finds a way to circumvent the law.  Now they are allowing them to keep their DC office, despite illegally declaring statehood at the UN:

The State Department has decided to keep the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington open for another six months despite anti-terrorism legislation making it illegal, according to regulatory documents filed Tuesday.

Administrations of both parties have waived the provisions of the 1987 Anti-Terrorism Act since President Clinton started doing so in 1994, citing U.S. national-security interests. The waiver is particularly controversial this time, however, because the PLO obtained the status of an observer state at the United Nations in November despite bitter opposition from the United States and Israel.