Den palestinske delegasjonen i Storbritannia gis diplomatisk status. Det føyer seg inn i rekken av europeiske land som har oppgradert den palestinske representasjonen.
Norge har gjort det samme. Frankrike og Tyskland likeså. Det har gjort Israel en smule bekymret.
Oppgraderingen ses i lys av bestrebelsene på å opprette en palestinsk stat, muligens unilateralt.
In January, the Irish government announced the decision to upgrade the Palestinian diplomatic status in the country to the status of an official embassy, joining a growing list of European countries that have made the same diplomatic move, including France and Spain.
In December 2010 the Foreign Ministry ordered every Israeli envoy abroad to begin «urgent» diplomatic activity after reports reached Jerusalem that the Palestinian Authority was trying to persuade about a dozen European Union member states to upgrade the PA’s diplomatic status.
The Israeli assessment last month was that Britain, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Malta, Luxembourg, Austria and perhaps other states would follow with a similar move.