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

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - History - 225 pages

The Palestine Liberation Organization continues to exert considerable influence in Middle Eastern politics: ongoing hostilities between Palestinian militants and the state of Israel have affected the region significantly and continue to threaten prospects for a lasting peace. The PLO has expanded over time to encompass numerous factions that share the vision of liberating the Palestinian homeland, with aspirations for governing through self-determination. And with the PLO's financial assets estimated at $8-10 billion, it has the monetary clout to help determine the direction of affairs in the region.

This book provides a thorough and systematic analysis of the historical events which culminated in the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization. It begins with an introduction to key people, places, and events in the history of the PLO that includes the organization's creation and ideological foundations, its support base, financial structure, and recruitment strategies. Later topics include the PLO's role in the politics and affairs of specific countries, including Jordan and Lebanon; recent trends in its existence; and its evolution into being a terrorist organization.

 

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Contents

1 An Introduction to the Palestine Liberation Organization
1
From Ancient to Modern Times Leading up to the Creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization
14
3 The Creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization
36
4 The Palestine Liberation Organizations Pillars of Ideology and Core Belief System
68
Expansion Deterioration and Exile
91
Examining Specific Incidents
136
Life after Exile and Recent Trends
160
Research Documents
191
Notes
193
Index
213
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Daniel Baracskay, PhD, is associate professor of political science and public administration at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA.

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