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Overview

The PLO is now almost a government in Gaza and the West Bank. In this in-depth account of its ideology, strategy, and tactics, its relationship to other Arab states, and its confrontations with Israel, Barry Ruin documents how the PLO was transformed from a revolutionary organization into the administrator of its own territory.

The world looks on, amazed, as Yasir Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shake hands on the White House lawn. Unprecedented as the moment may be, the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization is merely the latest twist in one of the most remarkable tales in history--a story now told by Barry Rubin. Map.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

As a concise documentary work, [this book] elegantly and thoroughly chronicles the history of the PLO, noting the ideological and operative distinctions between its principal component, Fatah, and other more radical branches.
— David B. Green

Newsday

Rubin...meticulously traces the agonizingly erratic course by which the PLO finally arrived at the negotiating table. He also seeks to explain the PLO's seeming inability to abandon maximalist aims—the recovery of all of Palestine and the eradication of the Israeli state...A lucid and concise...account of the PLO leadership's management of Palestinian fortunes during the era now coming to a close.
— Shaul Bakhash

Washington Times

Provides an excellent guide to PLO intentions. In compact and readable form, Rubin reliably reviews three decades worth of PLO complexities. More than that, he breaks new ground by getting behind the PLO's external face—the personality of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and the record of terror—and concentrating on its internal dynamics...In short, if you want to read one study about the elusive organization called the Palestine Liberation Organization, Revolution Until Victory? is the way to go.
— Daniel Pipes

Jerusalem Post

Barry Rubin has a justified reputation as a quick study and a flowing writer...[This] is the best early analysis of the makings of the Israeli-PLO accords.
— Michael Widlanski

Political Science Quarterly

An excellent and timely analytical political history of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), one which investigates and interprets its political circumstances, strategies, and doctrines from an inception in the late 1950s to the earthshaking events of 1993 culminating in the Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn. Above all, it provides the reader a vivid portrayal of the seemingly endless twistings and turnings and reversals of PLO policies.
— Robert E. Harkavy

Canadian Jewish News

The question remains: why did the PLO choose the path of accommodation rather than that of armed struggle? The answers are found in Barry Rubin's Revolution Until Victory...an impressive analysis of that Palestinian umbrella group.
— Sheldon Kirshner

New York Times Book Review - David B. Green
As a concise documentary work, [this book] elegantly and thoroughly chronicles the history of the PLO, noting the ideological and operative distinctions between its principal component, Fatah, and other more radical branches.
Newsday - Shaul Bakhash
Rubin...meticulously traces the agonizingly erratic course by which the PLO finally arrived at the negotiating table. He also seeks to explain the PLO's seeming inability to abandon maximalist aims--the recovery of all of Palestine and the eradication of the Israeli state...A lucid and concise...account of the PLO leadership's management of Palestinian fortunes during the era now coming to a close.
Washington Times - Daniel Pipes
Provides an excellent guide to PLO intentions. In compact and readable form, Rubin reliably reviews three decades worth of PLO complexities. More than that, he breaks new ground by getting behind the PLO's external face--the personality of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and the record of terror--and concentrating on its internal dynamics...In short, if you want to read one study about the elusive organization called the Palestine Liberation Organization, Revolution Until Victory? is the way to go.
Jerusalem Post - Michael Widlanski
Barry Rubin has a justified reputation as a quick study and a flowing writer...[This] is the best early analysis of the makings of the Israeli-PLO accords.
Political Science Quarterly - Robert E. Harkavy
An excellent and timely analytical political history of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), one which investigates and interprets its political circumstances, strategies, and doctrines from an inception in the late 1950s to the earthshaking events of 1993 culminating in the Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn. Above all, it provides the reader a vivid portrayal of the seemingly endless twistings and turnings and reversals of PLO policies.
Canadian Jewish News - Sheldon Kirshner
The question remains: why did the PLO choose the path of accommodation rather than that of armed struggle? The answers are found in Barry Rubin's Revolution Until Victory...an impressive analysis of that Palestinian umbrella group.
Newsday
Rubin...meticulously traces the agonizingly erratic course by which the PLO finally arrived at the negotiating table. He also seeks to explain the PLO's seeming inability to abandon maximalist aims--the recovery of all of Palestine and the eradication of the Israeli state...A lucid and concise...account of the PLO leadership's management of Palestinian fortunes during the era now coming to a close.
— Shaul Bakhash
New York Times Book Review
As a concise documentary work, [this book] elegantly and thoroughly chronicles the history of the PLO, noting the ideological and operative distinctions between its principal component, Fatah, and other more radical branches.
— David B. Green
Washington Times
Provides an excellent guide to PLO intentions. In compact and readable form, Rubin reliably reviews three decades worth of PLO complexities. More than that, he breaks new ground by getting behind the PLO's external face--the personality of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and the record of terror--and concentrating on its internal dynamics...In short, if you want to read one study about the elusive organization called the Palestine Liberation Organization, Revolution Until Victory? is the way to go.
— Daniel Pipes
Jerusalem Post
Barry Rubin has a justified reputation as a quick study and a flowing writer...[This] is the best early analysis of the makings of the Israeli-PLO accords.
— Michael Widlanski
Canadian Jewish News
The question remains: why did the PLO choose the path of accommodation rather than that of armed struggle? The answers are found in Barry Rubin's Revolution Until Victory...an impressive analysis of that Palestinian umbrella group.
— Sheldon Kirshner
Political Science Quarterly
An excellent and timely analytical political history of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), one which investigates and interprets its political circumstances, strategies, and doctrines from an inception in the late 1950s to the earthshaking events of 1993 culminating in the Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn. Above all, it provides the reader a vivid portrayal of the seemingly endless twistings and turnings and reversals of PLO policies.
— Robert E. Harkavy
Library Journal
This is the best and clearest political and historical analysis of the Palestine Liberation Organization to appear to date. Rubin, author of Cauldron of Turmoil: America in the Middle East ( LJ 12/92) provides richly detailed examination of how a group of Palestinians, not part of the old guard dominated by the prominent Jerusalem families, created an organization to fulfill a political agenda and achieve a grandiose objective: to establish a Palestinian Arab state in the place of the already existing state of Israel. He examines how the organization groped for a method of operation, fruitlessly employing terrorism, then searching for a more acceptable approach after the 1983 war, and finally moving toward a more diplomatic approach and facing the dilemma of the intifada as a non-PLO initiative. Rubin's effort takes the reader up through the agreement signed with the Israelis in Washington in Sepember 1993. Well suited for a wide range of audiences. See also Shimon Peres's The New Middle East , reviewed above.--Ed.-- Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674768048
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Rubin is Deputy Director, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and Executive Editor, Middle East Review of International Affairs.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Chameleon in the Labyrinth, 1964-1968 1
2 The Poisoned Fruits of Terrorism, 1968-1973 24
3 A Bastion in Beirut, 1973-1983 43
4 In Search of a Program, 1984-1987 66
5 The Intifada and the Diplomatic Option, 1987-1988 85
6 Rehearsals for a Moment of Truth, 1988-1990 103
7 The PLO and the Arab States 123
8 Contentious Unity 146
9 Turning Points and Sticking Points 168
10 Breaking the Mold, 1991-1993 184
Notes 209
Selected Bibliography 247
Glossary 259
Index 261
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