MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinians: Hopes for a Homeland

They are realistic, they very much want recognition from Washington. They are trying to present the best face they can.

This observation, made last week by one of the Ford Administration's senior Middle East analysts, referred to the Palestine Liberation Organization, the umbrella group that Arab states have recognized as the sole legitimate bargaining agent for the 3 million Palestinians scattered throughout the Middle East. Although badly battered from its losing role in the Lebanese civil war, the P.L.O. remains an important force. A delicate diplomatic problem facing the new Carter Administration is whether, how and in what capacity...

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