With the Camp David peace summit between the United States, Egypt and Israel less than two weeks away, Palestinian guerrilla groups are discussing their own unification schemes to strengthen the Arab cause.
With the Camp David peace summit between the United States, Egypt and Israel less than two weeks away, Palestinian guerrilla groups are discussing their own unification schemes to strengthen the Arab cause. Yasser Arafat head of both Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has proposed a plan for the military union of all Palestinian groups. And in Beirut on Monday (21 August), Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine jointly pledged to settle inter-Palestinian differences by democratic dialogue. Mr. Arafat also agreed the same day to the idea of a reconciliation summit with Syria and Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: The tripartite summit is the idea of Dr. Mohammed Mehdi, President of the New York-based Arab-American Relations Committee. At a news conference in Beirut on Monday (21 August), he explained that he was in the Middle East to suggest Arab leaders open up a new battleground over the mind of man in America and West.
The only way to solve the Palestine problem was through enlightened American opinion, he said, Once Americans knew that their six million dollars a day aid to Israel was simply enabling poor Jews to occupy the land of poor Christian and Moslem Palestinians, they would not allow their Government to continue such situation. Dr. Mehd said Yasser Arafat had welcomed the idea of a summit with Iraq and Syria in Baghdad in early September. Dr. Mehdi said he thought Iraq might be more difficult to persuade, but he was confident of success.