Middle East The P.L.O.: Back Onstage

After a period of decline, Arafat's stock gets a boost

From the moment his white executive jet touched down on the Algiers tarmac last week, Yasser Arafat enjoyed a welcome befitting a head of state. An honor guard stood at attention under the Mediterranean sun as Algerian President Chadli Bendjedid pressed his greetings. Later the resilient chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization took his place among 20 Kings, Emirs, Presidents and other leaders who had assembled for a three-day Arab summit.

It was a remarkable reversal for Arafat, who had been snubbed at the Arab parley in Amman just seven months earlier. Last week, as the Arab leaders attempted to forge...

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