A British journalist and scholar gives us the most intensive and extensive coverage of the PLO, from its beginnings in the 1960s to the exit from Beirut in 1982, that has appeared in English. Much of her information comes from talks with a variety of PLO leaders, yielding far more than the interviews Arafat customarily grants to foreigners. In many respects the story is one of repeated frustration, national strife and failure. But Palestinian national consciousness, not just within the organizations outside but especially in the occupied territories themselves, remains a stubborn reality with which Israel and the world has to deal.
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