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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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The Road to Oslo

The Road to Oslo

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(p.638) 26 The Road to Oslo
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Armed Struggle and the Search for State
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Yezid Sayigh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296430.003.0027

Despite stout denials from the PLO leadership in exile and local activists alike, the intifada reached a stalemate in the Spring of 1989. So, by the same token, did PLO diplomacy. Furthermore, the official dialogue with the US was not progressing well. The first round of talks in December dealt only with procedural matters, while at the second, the US side refused to discuss anything but ending terrorism. President George Bush and secretary of state James Baker raised PLO hopes in following weeks by calling for an end to Israeli occupation and the achievement of Palestinian political rights, but then dismayed it by limiting the dialogue to discussion of a proposal for peace talks. Further discussion of the Soviet Jewish ‘menace’ took place amidst the sharp escalation of tensions between the US, Israel, and Iraq, and The PLO had drawn steadily closer to Iraq.

Keywords:   PLO leadership, George Bush, James Baker, Soviet Jewish, Iraq

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