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Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War
Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War
By Rashid Khalidi
Columbia University Press, 1985, 241 pp

We have had several reliable accounts of Israel's war in Lebanon from the Israeli side. Rashid Khalidi, an American scholar of Palestinian origin, now provides a first-rate study, based on PLO documents and interviews, from the Palestinian side. He does not neglect military events, but the main focus is on the key political decisions such as how long to keep on fighting, whether to leave Beirut, and under what conditions. Much new and interesting information here on relations between the PLO and the Lebanese, on the French role, on American assurances for the safety of the refugee camps (which proved worthless), and on the PLO's bitterness at being let down by fellow Arabs, particularly Saudi Arabia and Syria.