The Gulf: Arafat's Dangerous Ploy

After more than two decades of practice, Yasser Arafat has become an expert in the fine art of survival. Now the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization will once again have to use all his skills to find a way through the current crisis. By refusing to condemn Iraq's conquest of Kuwait, Arafat has infuriated many of his Arab backers, alienated Western powers that had only recently begun to warm to him, and driven Israeli doves into the camps of the hawks.

Arafat's most urgent problem is money. Despite their anger at the P.L.O., the Saudis, according to P.L.O. officials, have...

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