NO. 7


The Middle East Situation

The declaration of an independent Palestinian state by the Palestine NationalCouncil (PNC), as expected, at its meeting in Algiers was a symbol of therenewed optimism and strength which the intifada in the occupied territories hasgiven the Palestinian cause, but it is on the political decisions produced bythe meeting that the Palestinians' hopes of translating the declaration into ahomeland rest. The PLO has now endorsed by a large...