Return of the PLO

Hopes for a negotiated two-state deal have been crushed. The centre of Palestinian political gravity will shift back to the PLO

By Ahmad Samih Khalidi   75

After Jenin, it is easy to see why the Palestinians are accused of wallowing in professional victimhood. Palestinians have fought and bloodied their foes for decades; sometimes with uncontrollable zeal, but more often to little, perhaps even pathetic, effect-witness the recent sight of a failed suicide bomber dragged across a street by an Israeli robotic device.

Throughout the history of the conflict, it is Israel that has proven the master of carefully directed fury, from the callous and calculating terrorism of its pre-state underground to the most recent lynching of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

During the 1948-49 war, Israel’s assaults…

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