Conflict in Palestine: Jews, Arabs and the Middle East Since by Josh Brooman

By Josh Brooman

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In 1 9 8 5 , for example, the Palestine Liberation Front hijacked a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, and the Abu Nidal group hijacked an Egyptian airliner. One effect of this terror campaign was to spread the Arab-Israeli conflict into countries beyond the lvliddle East. S hootings and bombings took place in countries such as France and Britain as terrorists took revenge on their enemies . When, in 1 986 , an Amer­ ican soldier was kiUed by a terrorist bomb in West The intifada Faced with such harsh attitudes, the 'government of national unity' found it impossible to satisfy the demands of both I sraeli settlers and Palestinian Arabs.

Condemned the army for violating human rights, while foreign governments issued public criticisms . The new face of the PLO With world opinion turning against I srael , the PLO suddenly attracted new sympathy for its cause by changing its tactics . Yassir Arafat, leader of the PLO, announced in November 1 988 that they would no longer use terrorism in pursuit of their aims. At the same time , the Palestine National Council, the PLO's parliament , proclaimed the creation of the independent S tate of Palestine, later appointing Arafat as President .

Second the visit led to peace talks between Egypt and Israel . during the next two years . The most important of these took place at Camp David , ·rhe US President's holiday retreat in Maryland , U S A . At Camp David i n September 1 97 8 the Israeli Prime Minister , Menachim Begin, talked about peace with President Sadat under the chairman hip of President Carter of the U S A . They agreed that Israel would gradually leave Sinai and go back to the borders of 1 94 8 . I srael agreed to allow Palestinians in the West Bank some rights of self government within five years .

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