Backs to the Wall, Palestinian Leadership Comes Out Fighting

The Palestinian Authority is fed up with the international community’s empty promises to implement its national aspirations, and realized that the Palestinians have no one to rely on but themselves.

A veteran member of the Fatah movement reminisced this week about a fateful meeting held by the organization’s leadership in Beirut at the start of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Fatah chairman Yasser Arafat had to choose between caving in and leaving, or fighting the “strongest army in the Middle East.” A stormy debate took place between those who wished to stop...