Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement criticizing the decision to officially hoist the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flag outside its office in Washington, DC:
Why are we allowing the Palestinian flag to be raised in our nations capital? They haven't done anything to deserve this honor. This seemingly symbolic act is veiled in manipulative intent and sends the wrong message that we accept the creation of a Palestinian state without negotiations with Israel. Although Israel is under no obligation to redraw its lines, if any decisions are made they must be done through direct negotiations between the PLO and Israel. This is yet another move by the State Department to give a gift to the PLO and get nothing in return. At the very least, this gives credibility to a group ruled by terrorists. It's a slap in the face of our staunch ally Israel. When are we going to learn that rewarding our enemies and punishing our friends is a terrible strategy?"