In order to examine the situation of the Palestinians in the wake of the Lebanon war, this article will focus on the PLO, since it is the forum-far broader in scope than is usually believed-in which virtually all Palestinian political activity takes place. Attention will also be directed to the alignment of forces within the Palestinian movement before the 1982 war as it has affected subsequent developments. The discussion will then turn to the PLO's political position and its negotiating stance during and after that conflict, concluding with an assessment of present prospects and the outlook for the future

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