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Armed Struggle and the Search for StateThe Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993$
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Yezid Sayigh

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296430.001.0001

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Dual Power

Dual Power

(p.243) 10 Dual Power
Armed Struggle and the Search for State

Yezid Sayigh

Oxford University Press

The guerrilla movement had carved out a sanctuary and acquired extraterritorial rights in three Arab confrontation states, and asserted itself as a distinct regional actor. An autonomous Palestinian political system was taking form that mitigated the impact of Arab constraints and penetration. The Jordanian government had good reason to rein in the emerging Palestinian state-within-the-state and reassert its own authority. Israeli retaliatory fire in 1968 had laid waste to the Jordan Valley and triggered an exodus of some 100,000 inhabitants, and in 1969 the artillery and air strikes extended further into the country, to reach the outskirts of Irbid and Salt. References to the duality of power naturally alarmed the Jordanian government, although the truce brokered in February still held. King Husayn in fact regarded the brief trial of strength as a ‘test manoeuvre’, and anticipated a full-scale crackdown within three months.

Keywords:   guerrilla movement, Palestinian political system, Jordanian government, Israeli retaliatory fire, Jordan Valley

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