Two Israeli scholars have produced a comprehensive study of the Palestine Liberation Organization-its origins, ideology, organization, internal divisions, strategy and tactics, and relations with the Arab states and the outside world. Hardly an inside story and not likely to win Arab plaudits, it is nevertheless a thorough and objective job of research based on the Arabic and world press and other sources. The PLO cannot be a party to a negotiated settlement, the authors point out, unless and until it accepts the existence of Israel, but it is clear from the record laid out in this study that it is more than just a terrorist group. The book includes a useful documentary appendix.
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