Palestinian Commando Leader Yasser Arafat denounced in Baghdad last Friday (March 18) King Hussein's plan for a United Arab Kingdom including the Israeli-held West Bank of the Jordan River.
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Background: Palestinian Commando Leader Yasser Arafat denounced in Baghdad last Friday (March 18) King Hussein's plan for a United Arab Kingdom including the Israeli-held West Bank of the Jordan River.
Speaking at an international news conference, Mr. Arafat, who heads the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, said the iraqi plan for a union of Egypt, Syria and Iraq was the only available Arab counter-measure to the Hussein proposal.
Earlier at a Baghdad university rally, Mr. Arafat said the Jordanian plan was "a new link in the chain of conspiracies to impose defeat on the arab nation."
SYNOPSIS: The scene last Friday at the Baghdad Press Club as local and foreign journalists prepared for a news conference called by Palestinian Commando Leader Yasser Arafat. Mr. Arafat used the occasion to denounce King Hussein's proposal for a federated state of Jordan -- joining the East Bank of the River Jordan with the israeli-occupied West Bank.
Mr. Arafat said an Iraqi proposal to unite Egypt and Syria with Iraq was the only Arab measure available to block the Hussein plan. The commando leader had earlier told a rally of Baghdad university students that the Jordanian plan was part of a conspiracy to impose defeat on the Arab people.
When asked by one reporter about overthrowing King Hussein, Mr. Arafat said that would be the role of the jordanian masses.