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NCJ Number: 118856 Find in a Library
Title: Future of Palestinian Terrorism
Journal: Terrorism, Violence, Insurgency Journal  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(Winter 1985)  Pages:11-14
Author(s): A Merari
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: There are three main factors that influence present and future Palestinian terrorism: the geographic dispersal of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) forces, the internal struggle of the PLO, and the likelihood of political achievements.
Abstract: The dispersal of the PLO has weakened the internal control and created a situation where young men have to be constantly reminded of their purpose. The internal struggle is between two main factions. The Democratic Alliance values the PLO's independence of Arab countries patronage, seeks to maintain the PLO's integrity, and favors Arafat's remaining in office. The other faction, the FATAH rebels, want to remove Arafat; sever relations with Jordan and Egypt; and tie the PLO exclusively to the radical Arab countries of Syria, Libya, and Algeria. The likelihood of political achievements is small, but it would offer an alternative to the thought that armed struggle is the only way to achieve Palestinian goals. Palestinian terrorist activity can be considered in three sectors: terrorism inside Israel, always a top priority; terrorist attacks from neighboring countries; and international terrorism, less used since 1974. 1 Note.
Main Term(s): Arab terrorist groups
Index Term(s): International terrorism; Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
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