Middle East: The Survivor's Stratagem

By persuading a majority of the Palestine National Council (P.N.C.), a parliament-in-exile for the Palestinian movement, to hold its annual meeting in the Jordanian capital of Amman last week, Yasser Arafat once again demonstrated his talents as a survivor.

Syria and some of the dissident Palestinian factions it supports had tried to block the meeting, fearing that it would reaffirm Arafat's waning control after almost 16 years as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Their fears were justified. In what has become something of a yearly ritual. Arafat tendered his resignation as chairman, only to reclaim the title the...

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