Middle East: A Word from the Wise

Israel's commission of inquiry issues a stern warning

For the government of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, the week's best news came, ironically, from Damascus, where leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization strongly criticized President Reagan's Middle East peace plan. Though P.L.O. moderates, including Chairman Yasser Arafat, saw some merit in the plan, which calls for Palestinian self-rule of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in association with Jordan, hard-liners strongly opposed it because it does not provide for an independent Palestinian state. The P.L.O.'s attack on the Reagan plan was fine with...

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