Syria and the Palestinian Resistance Movement 1965-1975
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This report endeavors to explore one ot those many elusive variables in the complicated confrontation environment of the Middle East. That variable includes consideration of the inherent strength and political influence of the Palestinian Resistance Movement, and why and how since the first al Fatah raid of 1965 Syria has proven to be, if not the most consistent, as least the most practically helpful of those Arab regimes who have at one time or another chosen to patronize the movement. In focusing attention on Syrian involvement with the resistance movement, this study intends to give one an opportunity to observe the politics and potentialities of the resistance as it is effected by its relationship with patron regimes. The question of guerilla strength and viability is of course a main concern of this study. But more importantly its intent is to smoke out the sometimes enigmatic, often secret Syrian policies guiding the relationship with the Palestinians, and doing so try to determine how the Palestine issue has fit into Syrian perceptions of the Arab-Israeli dispute and general Arab politics. Doing so it will contrast the policies of the present regime of Hafez al Assad with those of his neo-Baath predecessor. The study presents the issues chronologically, and thus in the main is a history of the relationship, acting much as a barometer registering the periodic waxing and warning of guerilla fortunes vis-a-vis Syria. But beyond registering the phenomena historically the study attempts to determine whether the Palestinian resistance can be assured of some practicable level of support a bottom line if you will in its relations with Syria.
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