Middle East Show of Unity

Radicals return to the fold

Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, demonstrated once more that he still has the ability to outlast if not outwit his enemies. Ever since Israel drove the bulk of the P.L.O. from Lebanon in 1982, such radical Palestinian leaders as George Habash and Nayef Hawatmeh have sided with Syrian President Hafez Assad in opposing Arafat's leadership. But last week, when the Palestine National Council, the P.L.O.'s so-called parliament in exile, met in Algiers for its first session in 2 1/2 years, friends and rivals alike cheered when Arafat shouted, "This Palestinian land shall remain Arab! Arab! Arab!"

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