Middle East: Struggle for a Compromise

Hussein urges Arafat to ease his stand on the Palestinian issue

It was a meeting of historic dimensions, not so much for what it accomplished as for what it set in motion. On one side was Jordan's King Hussein, head of the ancient Hashemite dynasty and ruler of a country whose population is about 65% Palestinian. On the other was Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, who had just been driven out of Lebanon along with thousands of his guerrillas after a ten-week Israeli siege of their West Beirut stronghold. Bitterness and...

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