MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinians Become a Power

"Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart." —Yasser Arafat

The chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization was clearly fighting his emotions as he addressed the 18 Arab Kings, Presidents, Emirs and other leaders gathered round a horseshoe table in Morocco's Rabat Hilton. "This summit conference has been like a wedding feast for the Palestinians," said Yasser Arafat. After four days of sometimes bitter debate, the Arab summit—attended by such luminaries as Saudi Arabia's King Faisal, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, Algeria's Houari Boumedienne and Syria's Hafez Assad—had radically...

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