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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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(p.282) 12 Interregnum
Armed Struggle and the Search for State

Yezid Sayigh

Oxford University Press

Defeat in Jordan left the Palestinian guerrilla movement at a historic crossroads. Other guerrilla movements, especially those led by communist parties, had initiated purposeful internal debates that led to far-reaching reassessment of political programmes and to modified approaches to mass organization following comparable crises, but similar ‘rectification’ campaigns did not occur in the Palestinian case. The self-criticism that had followed September 1970 was intense and, for an Arab political movement, unprecedentedly frank, but much of it was conducted verbally, in the form of media interviews and public speeches, and so remained erratic and fragmented. This was especially true of Fateh, but even the PFLP and PDFLP, each of which published a formal internal assessment of the showdown in early 1971, were unable to produce a similar effort after July.

Keywords:   Jordan, Palestinian guerrilla movement, Fateh, PFLP, PDFLP

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