Saudis Don't Fly US Flag
By Micah Halpern
Adir Ynako, the YNET reporter Adir Ynako covering US President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia arrived in the Gulf State several days ahead of the president.
This reporter’s descriptions of Jeddah were powerful - especially on his second day in the city when he decided to tell people in a shopping mall that he was from Israel.
For most of the people he broached the subject with, that little tidbit of information turned into a great big conversation stopper. In other words, Saudi leadership might be inching toward normalization with Israel but the masses are not there yet.
Yanko also pointed out that, in the lead up to Biden’s arrival in Jeddah there were no United States flags to be seen. There was no fanfare… no pomp… and certainly no circumstance. Compare that to Jerusalem where there were not only flags upon flags flying – the flags were ironed before they were displayed.
In fact, Ynako pointed out, vendors at the mall did not even know that the US president was due to arrive in their country.
That observation was significantly telling.
Giving an Israeli journalist tourist a cold shoulder was to be expected. But not knowing about, not promoting the arrival of the president of the United States, is a negative statement.
It was a major, intentional, diplomatic dis.
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