MIDDLE EAST: Arafat's Nudge

Inching toward recognition ?

Amid the thousands of delegates attending a Communist-sponsored peace conference in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat stood engrossed in animated conversation with a group of three men and a woman. What was remarkable about the informal encounter was that Arafat was chatting with a delegation of four Israelis, two of whom were members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. So far as anyone could remember, it was the first time Arafat had ever met publicly with representatives of the Israeli political establishment....

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