October 23, 2008

Wherefore is this knight different from all the other knights?

Oh no, this is terrible. According to Yediot Ahranot as reported by the Jewish Chronicle, war criminal, Shimon Peres, is expected to get a knighthood when he visits the Queen next month:
Under the headline "Sir Peres," a report in the popular Israeli tabloid Yediot Ahronot this morning, based on sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said that Mr Peres would receive a knighthood during his visit. This is inaccurate as foreign citizens can only receive honorary knighthoods, are not gazetted and do not have the right to call themselves "Sir." These titles are usually conferred upon the recommendation of the Foreign Office. As it is, the title that Mr Peres, may or may not receive next month has yet to be finalised.
A couple of questions here. Who bows down to whom when an Israeli head of state meets the British one? If he gets upped to a peerage, will he be Lord Shimon of Qana in deference to one (or was it two?) of his more notable achievements?

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