The Palestine Liberation Organization: Terrorism and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land

The Palestine Liberation Organization: Terrorism and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land

The Palestine Liberation Organization: Terrorism and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land

The Palestine Liberation Organization: Terrorism and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land

Synopsis

This meticulous and in-depth book chronicles the evolution of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)-one of the most powerful and influential terrorist organizations in modern Middle Eastern politics and world affairs.

Excerpt

This book on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) examines a vast and influential organization of terror which has been in existence since 1964. Much of the historical literature on the PLO was written when the organization was at the pinnacle of its existence, through the time when it was exiled from Lebanon in 1982. This book considers the underlying causes that led to the creation of the PLO as the bases for its existence, ideology, operations, and evolution. However, it also provides a contemporary account of how the PLO has shaped Palestinian and Middle Eastern politics over the course of the past two decades.

Chapter 1 introduces the PLO by first identifying the significance of the Holy Land in ancient times and how it has become a battleground between competing interests seeking to occupy the territory. The conflict between Jews and Arabs escalated in the twentieth century, particularly after a series of conflicting promises for control of the land were made to both sides by European powers after the demise of the Ottoman Empire. The years following the collapse of the Turks were tumultuous and characterized by rebellion and violence. Chapter 1 also briefly chronicles the events that led to the creation of the PLO as a vision of President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt and the Arab League. Five pillars that became the PLO’s ideological foundation are presented, as are analyses of several factions that surfaced to make up the organization’s support base.

Chapter 2 is devoted to a historical journey through ancient times to the midpoint of the twentieth century. The religion of Islam, which represents one of the PLO’s five ideological pillars, is examined, as are the concepts of Arab nationalism and pan-Arabism. Both Jews and Arabs built . . .

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