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Under SiegePLO Decisionmaking During the 1982 War$
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Rashid Khalidi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166690

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166690.001.0001

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The P.L.O. and the Lebanese Before the 1982 War

The P.L.O. and the Lebanese Before the 1982 War

Chapter 1 The P.L.O. and the Lebanese Before the 1982 War
Under Siege

Rashid Khalidi

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the poor state of Lebanese–Palestinian relations in the years immediately preceding the 1982 war. It aims to account for the P.L.O.'s evacuation from Beirut. The evacuation itself was not solely a function of defeats on the battlefield, or a result of the unfavorable regional and international balance of forces. Its decision to leave was strongly influenced by the lack of support from the Lebanese, particularly those in West Beirut, at the outset of the war. Pre-war Lebanese alienation from the P.L.O. had grown to a considerable degree in the years preceding the war, although Lebanese public opinion was at times quick to shift in favor of the P.L.O. Nevertheless, this alienation had begun to affect communities and groups traditionally well-disposed to the Palestinians and those which benefited politically from the P.L.O.'s presence.

Keywords:   Lebanese–Palestinian relations, Beirut, Lebanese public opinion, P.L.O., pre-war Lebanese alienation, West Beirut

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