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The Arab states relationship to the Palestine question has been saturated by myth and misunderstanding Unquestionably the issue has been an important aspect of modern Arab politics But while Arab states seemed to be strongly engaged in the Arab-Israeli conflict giving full passionate backing for the Palestinian cause since the 1930s they often acted in a cautious constrained way based on national or self-interest For decades the PLO depended on the Arab worlds diplomatic financial and military support to survive and to fight against Israel Next to a stated determination to destroy Israel through violent means the PLO Charters most important point was the claim that it had a right to demand the Arab states full support This expectation was often disappointed And whatever leverage the Palestinians once had was considerably eroded in the 1980s and 1990s by the PLOs own mistakes--including backing Iraqs invasion of Kuwait--as well as shifting regional and international politics Today the Arab states role in Israel-Palestinian issues as important as it might be is less directly linked to the peace processs details and less subject to Palestinian influence than it seems Strong factors restrict the Arab states willingness or ability to act Their policy is based on regime interests as well as the new shape of regional politics alliances and power balances This paper examines the basis of Palestinian and Israel relations with Arab states including Arab leaders motives strategies and goals Once the PLO made its own agreements with Israel it could no longer deny other Arabs a right to do the same thing Most Arab governments took the opportunity to withdraw even further from the conflict or to reduce help for the Palestinians In this new context the Palestinian Authority PA can neither expect moderate Arab states to forego normalizing relations with Israel nor radical regimes to fight for its own cause Western observers and governments are sometimes slow to understand these changes though
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