MIDDLE EAST: Semaphoring with the P.L.O.

After years of belligerence, considering an alternative

The Middle East political landscape seemed filled last week with what the diplomats call signals, and almost all of them involved the Palestine Liberation Organization. Even as the Administration was busy protesting that President Carter had been misinterpreted in his analogy comparing the Palestinian cause with the U.S. civil rights movement, Washington was actively reviewing U.S. posture toward Yasser Arafat's P.L.O.

One indication of Washington's renewed interest in the P.L.O. came early last week, when a debate in the United Nations Security Council on Palestinian...

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