Middle East Arafat Says Yes (Maybe)

The P.L.O. puts on a charm offensive

Is Yasser Arafat picking up some new tricks from Mikhail Gorbachev? In his own version of a charm offensive, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization held an unlikely and surprisingly cozy meeting in Stockholm with five prominent American Jews -- and appeared more agreeable than ever. The question as he heads toward a major performance before a specially convened U.N. General Assembly session in Geneva this week: Is it for real?

With the Swedish government acting as a go-between, the U.S. group traveled to the Scandinavian capital to seek clarification of the resolutions adopted in Algiers last month by the...

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