The World: We Object to the Israeli State'

If Syria's gains in Lebanon ever lead Damascus to agree to negotiations with Jerusalem, one consequence is assured: an immediate, enraged denunciation of the Syrians by Dr. George Habash, the head of the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The most powerful Palestinian leader of the rejection front, Habash repudiates any action—including participating in a conference with the Israelis—that might imply recognition of Israel's right to exist as a state. This stance has led to a break between Habash and the more moderate Yasser Arafat, thus making the P.F.L.P. chief a rallying point for those fedayeen who might grow...