With President Obama’s blessing, on Jan. 18, the Palestinian flag was raised over their Washington D.C. diplomatic mission quite despite the fact that the PLO is little else but a terrorist organization responsible for political murders, and any manner of violence and is desirous of genocide — not to mention the fact that there is no such country as Palestine to even have a flag.

Obama allowed the so-called Palestinian flag to be raised as a “symbolic gesture,” in an obvious effort to get peace talks back on track. The PLO has entered into a renewed effort to be recognized by the international community.

At a brief ceremony, the Palestinians’ chief envoy to the United States, Maen Rashid Areikat, hoisted the red, green, white and black banner outside the PLO General Delegation office.

“This is a historic day,” Areikat said, adding that it brought him “much pride” to raise his flag. “I will remember this moment for the rest of my life.”

That same day, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated that his government had recognized Palestinian independence since 1988.

A statement from Obama’s Dept. of State attempted to explain why the PLO was allowed to raise its flag.

“Last year, at the request of the PLO representative in Washington, the Department of State modified conditions under which the PLO is allowed to operate its office in Washington. The office is now called the “General Delegation of the PLO” and is allowed to fly the Palestinian flag,” a State Department official said.

Again, this is of a piece with Obama’s attempt at “soft power” used as a carrot-and-stick approach to ease the PLO to the table with Israel. But, as is his wont, Obama severely misreads the situation. Bending over backwards for this terror organization does little else but embolden them to continue to travel their favored path of terrorism and their desired genocide of the Jews instead of compromising with Israel and the west.

The PLO should be given no benefit of the doubt until it renounces its oft-repeated desire to destroy Israel and kill all Jews. Until then, there is no reason at all to give them any legitimacy.