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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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At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads

(p.329) 13 At the Crossroads
Armed Struggle and the Search for State

Yezid Sayigh

Oxford University Press

Surveying its situation in summer 1973, the PLO had more reason to feel secure than at any time since the conflict in Jordan. The May ‘events’ had stabilized a new balance of power in Lebanon with the backing of Syria and Egypt, while the suspension of guerrilla attacks in the south brought welcome relief from Israeli reprisal raids. The assassination of the three PLO leaders in April and the recent confrontation with the Lebanese army had moreover served to unite the Palestinian rank-and-file. A central news agency, WAFA, and an official weekly, Filastin al-Thawra (Palestine the Revolution), had already been established at his insistence. The unification of the other departments was at most token, but even nominal acceptance of the principle reflected growing acknowledgement of PLO status and of Arafat's personal stature.

Keywords:   Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, guerrilla attacks, WAFA, Yasir Arafat

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